San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

San Francisco St Patrick's Day

San Francisco’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (March 14, 2015) features all things Irish, including traditional music and dance, floats flouting the green, marching bands, festival food and drinks and more. Expect to enjoy plenty of Irish history, cultural clichés, and a full day of fun and festivities, including live performances and children’s activities.

St Patricks Day San FranciscoThe St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival attracts an estimated 100,000 Bay area visitors to join in the celebration of Irish culture. Expect the usual festival booths, Irish food and drinks, Irish dancing, live music, children’s activities like pony rides, inflatable and mechanical rides and more.

WHAT: The San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival free admission.

WHEN: March 14, 2015, Parade 11am, Festival 11am – 5pm.

WHERE: Parade goes from 2nd and Market Streets to Civic Center. Festival at the same location.

SAVVY TIP: Take BART to the San Francisco Civic Center/UN Plaza Station.

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  1. Shelley says

    The parade is a lot of fun, but if you have kids at all, don’t forget to bring a couple of bags in which to collect all the candy and stuff they throw during the parade! And yes, wear lots of green. If you can, pack a couple of chairs because you’re in it for the long haul once you’re there! I haven’t ever made it to any of the festivities, but there was plenty of culture at the parade! Also, I’m married to a man from Ireland, so I get Irish culture every day. :-)

    Also, let’s not forget that the correct spelling of the short form for St. Patrick’s Day is St. Paddy’s Day, never St. Patty’s Day. Patty is short for Patricia or is something you put on a burger bun and the Irish don’t appreciate people feminizing their beloved Saint Patrick or making him into a McDonald’s meal!

    Hope everyone has a happy St. Paddy’s Day!

    • martin p. hynes sr. says

      SanFrancisco does NOT have a St PATRICK’s Day Parade. One would have to go to Chicago, or New York to see the REAL thing. SanFrancisco puts on a spectacle of humanity at it’s worst. Where was the actual PARADE ? The Marching Bands, the Flags flying high, the PIPE BANDS ? All anyone saw on the media was the drunken hordes on the streets of SanFrancisco, literally falling out of the Pubs, is this what we Irish are going to allow to be showcased in our name ?
      For the record, St.PATRICK is the CORRECT name of Saint that we IRISH honour on March 17th, it is not St. Paddy’s/St.Pat’s , or, God forbid, St. Patty’s Day. Time for REAL Irish to reclaim the “Honour”, and the dignity of our heritage, otherwise we will end up like the BOSTON IRISH have ended up, a week long pub crawl to celebrate the IRISH St. Patrick’s Day. I am disgusted!

  2. Steve Pogni says

    I love this event. I have been a vendor for the last 10 years in Civic Center selling hats, boppers, necklaces masks I make, all Irish themed. Last years event promoter quit. No new person has stepped up. I wish someone would contact me so I may participate.

  3. Kristina says

    Hey this is the first year I am going, I was just wondering what it is like. What events do they have? Is there anything going on after the festival?

  4. April says

    I love the St. Patty’s parade in SF! I understand the concept of beer gardens but it would be more fun if they just put a gate around the entire square. That way we could have more space to walk around. Hopefully the weather will be nice and warm like last year.

    Don’t forget your green!

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