San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade

st-patricks-paradeTo honor all that’s Irish, around 100,000 San Franciscans marked St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday March 17.  The celebration – the 162nd of its kind in the Bay area – was held one day before the actual St. Patrick’s Day this year, to enable an entire weekend of fun and frivolities to take place.  An entire sea of green could be seen from 2nd and Mark Street until Civic Center Plaza.

Joanne Hayes-White, San Francisco’s longtime fire chief was selected as the grand marshal.  Her family has a rich Irish background.  The theme of the day was “Honoring the Celtic Woman.”  As well as many men, women and children, in attendance were some of the world’s tallest dogs that were brought along by the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club.  As well, there were 250 football players hurling from the city’s Irish Football and Hurling Youth League.

Everyone in the area was dancing and music, with the San Francisco cover band Zoo Station playing tribute to U2 as well as Adamesque, Barely Larry and Bonalmost bandmates.  The Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Band also joined the music-makers, a tradition it has maintained almost since it was founded in 1917 in Butte, Mont., where Irish immigrants filled the copper mines.

This Parade and Festival is one of San Francisco’s most popular events.  In attendance are schools, labor unions, cultural groups, the city’s Police and Fire Departments and a variety of political leaders.

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