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147th Italian Heritage Parade

One of the oldest running parades in SF – since 1868.
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Come to one of the city’s oldest celebrations of heritage and the longest-running Italian-American parade in the nation – a bright and colorful San Francisco institution since it was established in 1868.

The parade is part of the Columbus Day celebration in North Beach which also includes the long-running Columbus Day Bazaar.

2015 Italian Heritage Parade
Sunday, October 11, 2015 | 12:30 pm
Fisherman’s Wharf to North Beach, San Francisco

The parade action begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square in front of Saints Peter and Paul Church.

Admission is free to all parade activities including the Ferrari sportscar display in Washington Square Park and a variety of hands-on activities for children and families.

Parade highlights typically include:

  • Dozens of handcrafted parade floats featuring Bay Area businesses, community groups, and Italian organizations
  • Local high school Italian clubs and marching bands
  • Special appearances by “Christopher Columbus” and Queen Isabella and Her Court
  • Festive open-air dining and Italian wine and food specials at North Beach restaurants lining the Parade route
  • Performances by a variety of traditional Italian musicians and performance artists
  • Special appearances by Bay Area and Italian-American celebrities