“Empire Day” Welcoming the 159th Year of the Nortonian Realm | SF
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On the morning of September 17, 1859, Joshua Norton walked into the office of George Fitch, editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin and handed Fitch a proclamation declaring himself “Emperor of these United States.” Fitch printed the proclamation in that evening’s edition. With this single act, Norton founded a borderless Empire of the heart that continues to the present and into the future.
His most bad ass proclamation as “Emperor?” Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco,” which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. – 1872
“Empire Day” 159th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 3 pm to 7:30 pm
– 3 pm: Gather at Bay Crossings (in Ferry Building)
– 3:30 pm: Ferry departs
This year, the occasion will include a Sunday afternoon ferry trip and family-friendly outing to Oakland. Take the ferry from the Ferry Building, sailing under the Emperor Norton Bridge. The Emperor — as played by Joseph Amster — will be on hand for the proceedings.
Once reaching Oakland, make your way to the Plank beer garden, on nearby Jack London Square. The menu features burgers and appetizers. For adults, there’s a full bar and a nice selection of local beers on tap. For kids — and for all the kids at heart — there is bowling, bocce, billiards and arcade games.
The ferry will be returning at sunset, for a lovely view of the Bay Lights and the twinkly San Francisco skyline.
- Gather at 3 pm at the Bay Crossings shop in the Ferry Building
Emissaries (members) who wish to get free round-trip tickets must be there promptly at 3. Please bring your Emissary card with you. All others can buy tickets here or on the ferry (one-way fare schedules here and here).
- Ferry departs for Oakland at 3:30 pm from the South Terminal (Gate E), on the south end of the Ferry Building
- Arrival in Oakland (Jack London Square) at 4:05 pm
- At Plank (98 Broadway, Oakland) — in Jack London Square — from 4:15 to 6:30 pm
- Ferry departs for San Francisco at 7 pm
Emissaries (members) who wish to get free tickets are asked to join on the walk over from Plank at about 6:30 pm. All others can buy tickets on the ferry (one-way fare schedule here).
- Arrival in San Francisco (Ferry Building) at 7:25 pm