The oldest and largest Saint Patrick's Day parade celebrates another festive year. Talented participants like San Francisco's Irish Pipers and the San Mateo Bearcat Marching Band spread the Irish cheer with the traditional sound of bagpipes and drum rolls while a myriad of Irish dance schools showcase their customs and fancy footwork to invigorating melodies for all parade lovers. Community organizations such as the Irish Wolfhound Rescue Trust put their best foot forward, marching alongside one man's most favorite "four-legged" friend, the Irish Wolfhound, and City Officials show their "green" side by joining the St Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration. The Family Festival is held at Civic Center Plaza and includes live music, face painting, delicious food, a world-class Beer Garden and more. Some of the Bay Area's top Irish performers grace the festival stage with foot stomping music and plenty of cheer.
Please note that for 2021 the festivities have moved online.