The West Coast’s oldest and largest Irish heritage event celebrating Irish history and culture, the 166st Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, will take place on Saturday, March 11th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm in Civic Center Plaza. The Parade is set to begin at 11:30 am at the corner of Market and Second Streets where over 5,000 participants from all over the country will make their way down Market Street in colorful floats, Irish dance troupes, marching bands and more—all the way to Civic Center Plaza.
A full day of activity is planned for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which will showcase the very best in Irish history and culture through live performances and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, and non-profits booths representing the Irish community. This colorful San Francisco event is the largest St. Patrick’s Day event west of the Mississippi attracting more than 100,000 people each year!
Featured groups from throughout the Bay Area’s Irish community include schools, youth organizations, labor unions, cultural groups, as well as the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments. In addition, many local political and business leaders will proudly join in the parade and march up Market Street.
Sponsors of the 166st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival include: Aer Lingus, San Francisco Recreation & Parks, BART, SF Weekly, The San Francisco Examiner, and ABC7. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is BARTable.