CLEARWATER — International Pi Day is Friday, when the world (well, the math-inclined part) celebrates the mathematical constant of 3.14159. That's the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, also known by the greek letter π. Friday is also March 14, or 3/14.
St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport, whose three-letter airport code is PIE, will also be celebrating Pi day on Friday. The airport will serve free slices of strawberry or key lime pie along the airport curbside from 1 p.m. to 3:14 p.m. Passengers and guests will also be served pie inside the airport terminal. Pie will be served until the airport runs out.
The airport rebranded itself last year and is now embracing the PIE code as part of that brand. The airport was first known as Pinellas Army Airfield when it was built after Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. After World War II, the federal government handed the airfield over to Pinellas County to use as a commercial airport. Thus Pinellas International Airport was born, hence the PIE designation.
In 1958 the name was changed to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport to emphasize those destinations to tourists. Last year the name was shortened to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport and the airport handled more than 1 million passengers for the first time since 2004.