Paddy Parade and Fest

SF goes green to celebrate the luck of the Irish.


San Francisco hosts the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration on the West Coast, and it’s no wonder Irish immigrants have played a major role in the formation of the city from its start as a Gold Rush boomtown to its rise as a thriving seaport. Many of the city’s Irish immigrants went on to become prominent leaders both in San Francisco and throughout California, like San Francisco’s first mayor, John Geary; U.S. Sen. James Broderick; Gov. H. H. Haight; and Gen. Bennett Riley, military and civilian governor of the California Territory who helped draft the state’s constitution.

The city’s 166th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the contribution of the city’s Irish community through live musical performances, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverages, children’s rides and inflatables, and nonprofit booths representing the Irish community. Festival: March 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and before, during, and after parade. Parade:

March 11, 11:30 a.m., starts at the corner of Second and Market. Free. Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco.


Published online on March 9, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.

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