(San Francisco, CA) This year’s San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 15th, will include a first-time contingent from the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration Committee.
While similar parades for this holiday in New York City and Boston have been boycotted by their respective mayors, citing LGBT discrimination, local organizer United Irish Societies of San Francisco has welcomed SF Pride and LGBTs with open arms.
SF Pride Board President Gary Virginia was elated with the invitation stating, “Identifying as LGBT crosses all races, cultures, and beliefs so what is the harm of inclusion? There are Irish LGBT people the world over, and non-Irish lovers of the holiday and parade, even in New York City and Boston where gays are still excluded.”
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates and showcases the Irish community, culture and tradition in all its forms. For their 163rd annual parade, Bay Area Irish and their many friends will be celebrating a “Tribute to the Irish Workers of America.” In recent years, the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown to attract an estimated 100,000 people.
Featured groups from throughout the Bay Area’s Irish community include schools, youth organizations, labor unions, equestrian and canine clubs, cultural groups, as well as the San Francisco Police and Fire Departments. In addition, many local political leaders will proudly join in the parade and march up Market Street along with the Grand Marshals and the San Francisco Rose of Tralee.
Those wanting to march with SF Pride can join them on Saturday, March 15 at 10:30 AM, lined up on Second Street between Folsom and Harrison. Questions may be referred to SF Pride Vice President Marsha Levine at MarshaL [at] sfpride.org.