St. Patrick’s Day paints San Francisco green

CIVIC CENTER — Thousands of people glowed green with holiday spirit for the 163rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on a sunny San Francisco Saturday.

Photos by Gabriella Gamboa/SFBay

The culture, history and character of The City’s Irish community marched down Market Street and into Civic Center, presented by United Irish Societies.

The procession venerated the Irish Workers of America and included representatives from unions like the Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104 and Theatrical Stage Employees Local 16. Participants marched down Market Street and into Civic Center.

United Irish Societies President Diarmuid Philpott said the parade was not only a celebration for the holiday, but a way to express the significance of family and friendship that help make the unions a close community:

“We want to make this event a great day for everyone, and this year was a success. I couldn’t have asked for anything better. The sun is shining and everyone seems to be having a good time.”

The parade also included first-time participants the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee, who were welcomed by the United Irish Societies.