Immediate Release

Contact: Olivia Canniffe (415) 860-3196


San Francisco’s 165th  Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival set for March 12th, 2016

This year’s theme is – Celebrating the 1916 Rising


San Francisco, CA – The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture, the 165th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, will take place on Saturday, March 12th 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 Jerry Boyle as the Grand Marshal for this years Parade and Festival. “Jerry has been a champion off all things Irish especially his strong promotion of a United Ireland for over 60 years and his association with the Knight of the Red Branch” said Liam Frost, President of the United Irish Societies “Jerry and his family are advocates for the Irish Community from Irish Dancing to many cultural events here in the Bay Area we are honored he is our Grand Marshall this year” continued Frost.


This year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will honor the 100th year of the 1916 Irish Rising and the men and women who supported this centennial event. 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 inflatable and mechanical rides and much more.


Exhibitors and Sponsors include: ABC 7, Aer Lingus, BART, Crossroads Irish-American Festival, 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 12th and celebrate with us. The Parade starts at 11:30am on the corner of Market and Second Street and the Festival starts at 10 am and ends at 5pm.  For more information please visit or like us on FaceBook at



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 Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc.

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival is produced by Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. for the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. For further information or to participate in Festival please contact SRES at 800-310-6563 or visit Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. (SRES) has over Thirty years of experience producing many of the Bay Areas largest and most successful events. SRES, Inc. produces the following festivals: San Francisco St. Patrick’s’ Day Parade and Festival, The Union Street Festival, Union Street Easter Parade & Spring Celebration, Petaluma’s Butter & Eggs Days Parade & Celebration, The Fillmore Jazz Festival, The North Beach Festival, San Rafael’s Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland an many others.