History

The parade itself is a huge draw for attendees from all different demographics and ethnicity. The addition of the Festival after the parade provides a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Irish history and culture while having a great time experiencing the day. A full day of activity is planned for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, Polk to Larkin Street.
The colorful festivities surrounding the Parade & Festival will showcase Irish Culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatable’s, cultural displays, a petting zoo and pony ride and a number of non-profits booths representing the Irish community.

WHERE The Parade on Saturday begins at 11:30 AM at the corner of Second and Market, where more than 5,000 participants from all over the country, will reel about with laughter and revelry all the way to City Hall. The Festival will take place before, during and after the Parade on Saturday at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza and on Grove Street, Polk to Larkin Street.

WHEN Saturday March 14th, 2015 ~ 10 am to 5 pm ~ Parade at 11:30 am.

COVERAGE/ IMPRESSIONS
These are just a few of the publications and radio stations that have helped promote our events
to the Bay Area over the years:
Print: The San Francisco Chronicle with average daily circulation of 485,000, SF Station, SF Magazine, 7×7 Magazine, The New Fillmore, Northside, Marina Times,
Here, Pacific Sun, Via Magazine, SF Examiner
Radio: KCBS, Alice 97.3, Live105, MOViN 99.7, KBLX
Online: The event has its own facebook page with hundreds of fans. It is also listed on over 100 event listing websites
TV: We have partnered with KOFY TV20 who run 30 second ads for the event,
View from the Bay, ABC 7, KRON 4
Publicity: Our publicist sends the press release to thousands of contacts in her media list

BAY AREA DEMO-GRAPHICS
The Festival is attended by people from all over the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay Area represents one of the world’s great regional economies. It successfully competes in the global market as a knowledge-based economy powered by its wealth of research, technology, and innovation. If the Bay Area were a country it would rank about 20th in the world. The Bay Area’s population consists of 6.5 million people within three metropolitan centers: San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. The gross regional product exceeds $200 billion and ranks fifth in the U.S. The region is top ranked nationally for its proportion of scientists, lawyers, computer programmers, musicians, engineers, business consultants, authors, physicians and artists.
The tree-lined, freshly cut lawn of San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza is surrounded by some of the city’s most important institutions. City Hall, retrofitted and gilded in 1999, houses the mayor’s office, the Board of Supervisors chambers and a number of other government offices. The nearby Veteran’s Building contains the Herbst Theater and a 1,000-seat lecture hall. On the corner of Gough and Van Ness is the modern Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, home of the San Francisco Symphony.

SPECIAL EVENT

BENEFIT FOR THE BERKELEY J1 STUDENTS @ THE UICC

The United Irish Cultural Center, the Irish Cultural Centre of California and the United Irish Societies of San Francisco would like to thank and acknowledge all the sponsors, donors, and committee members who showed their support for the Berkeley J1 students and their families and made the July 31 fundraiser such a great success.

See UICC Berkeley Tragedy Fund Page for Acknowledgements

If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to the “J1 Berkeley Tragedy Fund” and mail to the Irish Immigration and Pastoral Center at 5340 Geary Blvd. #206, San Francisco, CA 94121

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – from JUNE 16, 2015

TRAGEDY IN BERKELEY

The Board of the United Irish Societies of San Francisco has received with sadness and concern the news of the tragic collapse in Berkeley which took the lives of several Irish students and injured a number of others this morning. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the deceased andinjured, and with their families and friends.

We are gratified to see the considerable support being lent by the Irish government and Consul General Philip Grant and his office in SanFrancisco, as well as other Irish community organizations in the Bay Area. We stand ready to offer any assistance possible for those affected, and we encourage the community to do so as well.

*Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamnacha.*
May their souls be on the right hand of God.”