The Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club (NCIWC) has been invited to participate in the 164th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsored by the United Irish Societies of San Francisco. It has been a long tradition for the NCIWC to participate in this parade and we urge all that are able to participate. The parade route will take us and our Wolfhounds down Market Street and eventually to the judge’s reviewing stand which is located in front of San Francisco City Hall.

This event is open to NCIWC members and their invited guests. Participants and Wolfhounds will gather on 2nd St. at 10:30AM, one hour prior to the parade start time for registration and required check-in. At check-in all members and guests will be required to sign a waiver of liability for parade participation.

A support van will follow our parade unit. Small items can be placed in the support van as needed. Bottled water will be available in the van for participants and hounds.

When we reach City Hall and the judge’s reviewing stand we will perform a “snake” maneuver to impress the reviewing stand and the judges. We will form a single line and zig-zag with our Wolfhounds for the judge’s review. One person per hound please! Extra walkers can follow along in front of the support van smiling and waving to the crowd. NCIWC has won prizes in the past so let’s try for another prize by really impressing the judges with our graceful and majestic Wolfhounds.

For those who have not attended the parade in the past, there will be several times that the parade stops along the route. This is a great opportunity for well socialized Wolfhounds to visit the crowd and make new friends. However, please break off from visiting when the parade starts moving again. We really need to stay together as a unit. There are several sections of Market St. that are covered with metal grating. Please use caution in these areas and walk your Wolfhounds around rather than across the grates. Past experience has shown that Wolfhounds do not like to go over these grates and we do not want a Wolfhound “stuck” in mid-parade on a grate.

Be sure to wear a GREEN or WHITE shirt, GREEN sweater or other tasteful St. PATRICK’S DAY attire. Good walking shoes are a must! Bring water and necessary bags for your hound/s.

Not sure what to wear? The club has some great new apparel available that would be perfect for the parade. Order deadline is February 23rd for pick up at the parade or as otherwise arranged with Megan Thompson. See attached flyer for details.

For logistical purposes please let us know if you are planning to attend and include the number of Wolfhounds and guests. We would appreciate your notice of intent to attend by Monday, March 9th.

Last year our unit was awarded a first place prize. LET’S DO IT AGAIN AND LET’S HAVE FUN !

Tom and Inga Bourdon

If you have questions please call or email.

707.864.0567/email: (subj: St. Patrick’s Day Parade)

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