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March 13, 2015

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in San Francisco

You might say that in San Francisco, March comes in like an O’Leary. 

As March 17th approaches, even those without a trace of green in their family trees are apt to add O’s to their surnames and cook up some corned beef and cabbage for dinner. 

Here’s 10 things to color your world green by San Francisco Bay:

1 Take BART to the 164th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The parade commences at 11:30 a.m. at Second and Market streets. This year’s parade theme is “Technology, Linking the Bay Area and Ireland.” Entrants include a host of marching bands, floats and local sports groups; and be sure to give a wave to Grand Marshal Bill Duggan.

2 Enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 14, 2015 in Civic Center Plaza, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission includes music, arts, food, fun and community activities. Traditional and contemporary stage performances are part of the fare. 

3 Have a drink at The Irish Bank Bar and Restaurant or wander over to The Chieftain Irish Pub and Restaurant or Johnny Foley’s Irish House, home of San Francisco’s longest running dueling piano bar. If you need a few more suggestions, here you go

4 Check out those Aer Lingus flights; daily direct service from SFO to Dublin starts on May 1, 2015. 

5 Stock up on shamrock-shaped loaves of Boudin’s famous sourdough French bread. 

6 Stop in at San Francisco’s historic St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, which is some news accounts is said to be the “most Irish church in America.” Nowadays the parish is very diverse; however, it has served Irish immigrants since the Gold Rush and survived the 1906 earthquake. The interior of the church is accented with Irish national colors and Connemara marble. Each of the patron saints of the 32 counties of Ireland is showcased in Tiffany-style stained-glass windows. 

7 On March 22, 2015 enjoy Women of Ireland, an all-female lineup of Irish step dancers including lead dancers from Riverdance and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance at the United Irish Cultural Center in the outer Sunset neighborhdood. 

8 Drop by the Buena Vista in Fisherman’s Wharf and order up an Irish Coffee. This treasured institution was first introduced to the U.S. on Nov. 10, 1952. Some 2,000 Irish Coffees are served daily at the Buena Vista near the turnaround for the city’s famous cable car in Fisherman’s Wharf

9 Spend a day on the green whether it’s a meadow in Golden Gate Park or Alamo Square with its postcard perfect row of Painted Ladies

10 The San Francisco Giants are offering $17 tickets for three upcoming games; enter the word “Lucky” for games on June 1 and June 15 and the word “Irish” for the Aug. 11 game to get special tickets for Irish Heritage night. Minimum purchase 2 tickets and restrictions apply. 

Photo by Thomas Hawk / CC BY-NC

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