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San Francisco 166th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival 2017

Written on January 28, 2016

2017 San Francisco’s 166th Annual  St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Saturday, March 11th at 11:30am

166th San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 11, 2017, 11:30 am

Starts at 2nd and Market  and concludes at the Civic Center Plaza where the Festival is held. Take BART and Muni

The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture, the 164th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, will take place on Saturday, March 11th at 11:30am. The Parade will start at the corner of Market and Second Streets where over a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands will wind their way to Civic Center Plaza. The popular Festival is back this year and will commence right after the Parade. Building on the success of the last several years, the organizers of the Parade and Festival are expecting another memorable event.

DIARMUID PHILPOTT, GRAND MARSHAL OF THE 2017 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

HONORARY GRAND MARSHALS – CLAIRE HACKETT, RITA O’MAHONEY AND FRANK O’ROURKE

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city. A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .

The beating  heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.