We all know St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration occurring annually every March 17, the death date of the most commonly-recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. St. Patrick’s is celebrated all over the world, including San Francisco! In fact, San Francisco is home to one of the largest Saint Patricks Day celebrations.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day will fall on a Tuesday and since the celebration is a big one, it will be celebrated on Saturday, March 14.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
One of the highlights of this event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The colorful parade features a number of local Irish Dance Companies, bands and groups. Important San Francisco officials, politicians, police and firemen will also drop by the during the parade event.
The parade itself is a huge event with thousands of attendees. It’s best to prepare yourself if you’re planning to attend it.
The parade will start around 11:30 AM and will last about two hours. There is usually plenty of room to see the parade clearly along Market Street but the crowd will get thicker the closer you get to Civic Center Plaza.
If you are bringing your kids along to watch the parade, it;s best to find a spot around Market and McAllister. This is where the parade route turns to head to Civic Center. There is usually plenty of room here and you don’t have to fight the crowds to get a good look.
This year, the parade will start at 2nd and Market Street. It will then make its way down Market Street to the Civic Center Plaza to the location of the festival. The image below shows the route that is usually followed for the parade.
St. Patrick’s Day Festival
The annual festival happens at the end of the parade route. It usually starts around 11 AM and ends at about 5 PM.
The festival vicinity is divided into 2 main areas. The first main area is where all the food, beer, and live bands are. Typical street food vendors and different kinds of of beer awaits you.
The second area is the kids’ haven where games, candy and other fun kid friendly activities are found. Perfect place to burn off your kids’ extra energy!
The St. Patrick Day’s Parade and Festival are definitely fun! You can enjoy it with friends or with your whole family. Come and celebrate St. Paddy’s day with us here at San Francisco!