SATURDAY, MARCH 11th 2017 @11:30 AM


The Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club (NCIWC) has been invited to participate in the 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 submit a signed waiver of liability for parade participation.  A copy of the waiver form is attached. If you prefer, please sign, scan and return the waiver by email.


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 (zig-zagging line of hounds) for review by the judges. One person per hound please!  Extra walkers can follow along in front of the support van cheering loudly for our hounds and waving to the crowd.


For those who have not attended a 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.  It is necessary for us to stay together as a unit and NOT delay other parade units behind us. There are several sections of Market St. that are covered with metal grating.  Please use caution in these areas and walk your Wolfhounds around the grates. Serious injury is possible by walking hounds over the grates!


Please be sure to wear something GREEN to honor both our hounds and the United Irish Societies of SF that invites us each year to participate in this uniquely Irish celebration.  CELTIC attire or other traditional clothing is always welcome but certainly not required.  Good walking shoes are a must!


Please let us know if you plan to attend and include the number of hounds and guests.  We would appreciate your notice of intent to attend by Monday, March 6th.


Last year our unit was awarded a handsome cash 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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