Pittsburgh, here are 10 reasons ‘You Gotta Regatta’

Will it fly?! Will it float?! You gotta find out.

This is what Red Red Bull Flugtag looks like. Here, a team in Louisville, KY, competes in August 2016.

This is what Red Red Bull Flugtag looks like. Here, a team in Louisville, KY, competes in August 2016.

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Rossilynne Culgan

Leave it to Pittsburgh to refuse to let the lack of an ocean stop us from some maritime fun.

For four decades, Pittsburgh’s Regatta has brought nautical spectacles to Pittsburgh’s three rivers — and this year’s event adds an air component.

Up to a half-million people are expected to attend the EQT Three Rivers Regatta this year, said John Bonassi, chairman of the Regatta Board of Directors. The free event runs today through Sunday, Downtown with events scheduled throughout each day.

The Regatta will be “bigger and better” this year for its 40th anniversary, said Derek Weber, president of LionHeart Event Group, which produces the Regatta.

“The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is the largest inland regatta in the country,” Bonassi said. “The activities take place on the water, at Point State Park and in the air.”

Need more convincing? Here’s why You Gotta Regatta:

10. Stunt shows

With both jet ski stunt shows and BMX stunt shows, action-packed feats will be on display on land and on the water at various times throughout the weekend. Jet skiers will show off flips, barrel rolls and 180s, and high-flying BMX riders will perform stunts.

9. Frisbee dogs

Expertly trained (and adorable) rescue dogs will practice their skills at the K9 Crew Trick Dog Show, performing trick after trick during several shows.

8. Live music — and the possibility of Shreks

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More than a dozen bands are set to perform, and Smash Mouth is headlining Saturday night. At least one person wants people to dress up like Shrek for the show.

“I hope that Smash Mouth notice us and feel a welcoming wave of relief and comfort,” this Smash Mouth fan wrote. “I want them to think, ‘It’s OK now. My best friend Shrek is here. I am home. Now we can party.’” More about all of that here.

Acoustic, rock, indie and country (country star Easton Corbin is also playing) round out the schedule.

7. Fireworks — because Pittsburgh

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It’s a special event in Pittsburgh, so of course there’s going to be a fireworks show.

The show, dubbed “Regatta Thunder” kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s being produced by StarFire Corporation, which also set off the city’s July 4 fireworks display.

6. A super-sized sand sculpture