When San Franciscans think Irish, they think pubs -- most of the City's best watering holes bear the shamrock. Kennedy's serves up $3 Guinness with a side of Indian food in North Beach, Foley's handles the after-work crowd downtown, and the Little Shamrock has been on the corner of Ninth and Lincoln for more than a hundred years. But the Irish have done a lot more than act as the city's bartenders.
Several of our streets are named after Irish families -- O'Farrell, McCoppin, Hayes, and O'Shaughnessy to name a few -- and the landmark Phelan building was named after Gold Rush-era Irish businessman James Phelan. San Franciscans of all backgrounds can celebrate that history March 16 at the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival. Now in its 162nd year, the parade will feature Irish dancers, marching bands, and more than a hundred floats, with S.F. Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White acting as parade grand marshal. After the parade, stick around for the festival at Civic Center, with music from the Hooks, the Gasmen, and the Bushmills Pipe Band.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is Saturday, March 16, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., starting at the corner of Market and Second streets, S.F. Admission is free; saintpatricksdaysf.com.