The 165th San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 11:30 a.m.
On Second Street near Howard (look for Local 38 Cable Car)
San Francisco’s 165th St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, and as usual Local 38 is looking for a large turnout of members and friends to march in the Local 38 parade contingent.
For decades San Francisco’s labor unions turned out huge numbers to march in the annual Labor Day parade, a parade that was discontinued in the 1980s. Today, San Francisco’s building trades unions display their strength and solidarity in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which includes community groups, Irish cultural and political organizations, marching bands, dance troupes and labor unions.
With the Trump administration, the Republican Congress, and right-wing anti-union forces attacking labor one multiple fronts, this year’s parade is particularly important as a show of labor solidarity.
Led by the Local 38 cable car, several hundred Local 38 members have turned out each year to express their solidarity with the city’s other unions as well as their pride in the role they have played in building San Francisco. And besides, the parade, and the accompanying festival held at the San Francisco Civic Center is lots of fun!
The Local 38 contingent will gather at the parade muster point, near Howard and Second Streets, at 11:30 a.m. for the march to the Civic Center. Look for the Local 38 banners and cable car to find the exact Local 38 staging area.
The day’s festivities actually start at 8:30 a.m. with a free pancake breakfast at the Bay View Yacht Club, 49 Terry Francois Blvd., next to AT&T Park. Parking is available at the ballpark, and there will be a free shuttle to the parade. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m., and will be followed by a free corned beef and cabbage luncheon at the Elixer Pub at 16th and Guerrero. Local 38 marchers will receive a free St. Patrick’s Day tee-shirt. Check the Local 38 website (www.ualocal38.org) or Facebook page for details, or contact Liam Devlin at the Local 38 Training Department (415) 562-3838.
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