Immediate Release

Contact: Olivia Canniffe (415) 860-3196


San Francisco’s 168th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival set for March 16th, 2019

This year’s theme is –Women Breaking Barriers


San Francisco, CA – The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture, the 168th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, will take place on Saturday, March 16th 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. Building on the success of the last several years and this centennial event the organizers of the Parade are expecting a very memorable event.

The United Irish Societies is pleased to announce San Francisco Mayor London Breed as the Grand Marshal for this years Parade and Festival. “Mayor Breed is the first African-American woman mayor in San Francisco’s history, prior to be elected by voters she served as Acting Mayor following the sudden passing of Mayor Lee and we are happy to have her as our Grand Marshal said Liam Frost, President of the UIS. “Mayor Breed has broken many barriers in her career to date and she is the perfect person to honor our theme this year” continued Frost.


In recent years the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival has regained its status as one of the biggest parades in our State. Featured groups from throughout the Bay Area’s Irish community include schools, youth organizations, labor unions, cultural groups, as well as the San Francisco Fire and Police Departments. In addition, many of our local political leaders proudly march up Market Street.


Again this year, the Festival will be held at Civic Center Plaza, in front of City Hall. The Festival is full of flair, and offers all in attendance the opportunity to truly experience Irish culture. This year’s Festival features cultural and exhibitor booths, a healthy selection of Irish food and beverages, Irish dancing, live music, both contemporary and traditional, and a multitude of activities for children such as pony rides, inflatable and mechanical rides and much more.


Exhibitors and Sponsors include: Aer Lingus, BART, San Francisco Parks and Recreation, The Irish Herald, The San Francisco Media Company.


The San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is a great day out for everyone, Irish or otherwise. It is a time to celebrate and participate in the City’s Irish culture. So mark your calendars for March 16th and celebrate with us. The Parade and Festival starts at 11:30am on the corner of Market and Second Street. For more information please visit or like us on FaceBook


About the United Irish Societies of San Francisco (UISF)

The United Irish Societies of San Francisco, Inc., consists of various member Irish Societies, which are represented in this organization by delegates.

The purpose of the United Irish Societies of San Francisco is to preserve and perpetuate the democratic principles of the Irish people, and of those for the freedom of Ireland and of the United States of America; to enlist the goodwill and cooperation of our fellow citizens in support of such democratic principles; and to coordinate the functions of member societies through the maintenance of a master calendar of events. This Organization is exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and athletic purposes. Visit for more information.


About IDK Events

IDK Events is a California-based event production company with a penchant for creating memorable, seamless experiences on every scale. IDK Events was founded by President Scott Shuemake and Vice President of Production Jacob Dornan. Together with their team, Scott and Jacob focus their skills on four key areas: Festival Production, Parade Production, Registration for Exhibitors and Parade Contingents, and Neighborhood-Based Events. While known for larger-than-life occasions like The Annual San Francisco Pride Parade, Union Street Festival, and Formula-E events, the company executes smaller-scale operations as well. Wine walks, street fairs, and more community-based gatherings have all received the IDK treatment. Powered by more than a decade of experience, thousands of industry contacts, unrivaled vendor negotiation skills, and the innovative vision to create a lasting impression, as an LGBT-certified owned business, IDK Events came from humble beginnings with a now-global reach.For more information about IDK Events, visit us online at


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