Gone To The Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival

StPatrickShirt.png
Okay, I have to admit that even though I’m a native San Franciscan, I had no idea that there was a St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.  This year marked its 160th year.

I started the day by taking the train to the festival, which was at Civic Center.  I walked around there where they had booths with crafts and food. 
IMG_5515

There were train rides for kids and carnival games.
IMG_5525-filtered

After I finished checking out the festival, I walked the reverse direction of the parade route because it had not reached me yet.  The parade ends at the festival site.  It was neat to see Market Street totally empty.
IMG_5557

Eventually, I got to a spot and saw the beginning of the parade. 
IMG_5560

IMG_5561

The new mayor was leading the front of the parade.
MayorStPatrick.png

The police and fire departments marched after.
IMG_5585

IMG_5594

IMG_5600

IMG_5611

IMG_5608

The parade was full of local union groups, animal groups, and marching troops.
IMG_5665

IMG_5674

RedBeretsStPatrick.png

Every so often, I would see guys pulling these carts of St. Patty’s Day paraphernalia.
IMG_5701

This Irish dance group was made up of a bunch of Giants fans.
MurphyIrishDancers.png

IMG_5709

I put together a bunch of video from the day.



After I was done watching the parade, I took the Muni train home.
IMG_5713

Related Items:
Fight Me, I’m Irish T-Shirt
San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Hat
blog comments powered by Disqus