Downtown SF will be alive again with Irish dancing and bagpipes playing on Saturday when the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins, after a three-year hiatus – which also means a few streets will be closed to traffic for a few hours.
Beginning with a walk of themed performances, the parade is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. sharp, between Second Street and Market Street, and will continue along Market Street for some time, according to KRON4. The parade will then meet at the review stand in the Civic Center Plaza, where groups from across the Bay Area Irish community, including people from schools and unions, as well as police and firefighters from San Francisco will join the day’s festivities.
This will be San Francisco’s first in-person St. Patrick’s Day parade in years, so crowds will be rowdy and eager to uncork all that bottled-up excitement. We can also expect more than a few major street closures which will inevitably cause traffic delays and headaches for commuters.
Below, you’ll find the handful of streets in SF that are expected to close at (or before) 11 a.m. to accommodate the parade.
- Mission Street will be closed to automobiles between Ninth and Steuart to accommodate Muni reroutings from 10:30 a.m.
- Market Street between Second Street and McAllister Street will close at 11 a.m.
- McAllister between Market and Polk streets will close at 11 a.m. Polk between McAllister and Hayes streets will close
All of the streets listed above will reopen following the clearing of the parade and street cleaning, which is expected to end at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Pro tip: If you’re feeling particularly thrifty, pack a small bottle of green food coloring today to squeeze into your light-colored beer and avoid paying extra for the same drink you’d order for $2…or more .
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