San Francisco (Spanish for “Saint Francis”) was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established a fort and mission at the Golden Gate and named after St. Francis of Assisi a few miles away.
San Francisco, with its 121 km2, is officially the City and County of San Francisco and the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City.
A Charming City
Every neighborhood in San Francisco has its own nature, from the hippie fashionable of the Upper Haight to the hipster stones of the Mission. The Marina district includes up-to-the-minute brasseries and postcard-perfect outlooks of the Golden Gate Bridge, while Noe Valley invites you to enjoy old-fashioned and silent boutiques. Take a glance at the sea lions at Pier 39, and sample local cheese and charcuterie at the Ferry Building. Indulge in yoga sessions at the Dolores Park or wunderkind at the Dutch Windmill across from Ocean Beach.
Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade
This is one of the chief Irish national events on the west coast. Market Street gets taken over by more than 100 lively and colorful floats, Irish dance ensembles, and marching bands during this annual cultural parade. This year marked the 163rd celebration.
City Hall Goes Green!
Every year, city hall turns its lights green at night as a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day: a one-of-a-kind San Francisco Irish moment to be caught on cam!
Green Fest Block Party
The United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco (UICC) and the United Irish Societies teamed up to throw a special Sunday block party with Irish bands and Irish swaying. The UICC also hosted free live Irish music and spread a mood of joy on the community.