St. Patrick’s Day Parade San Francisco

This is a club-sanctioned event that you must be a member in good standing to participate.



SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2023 @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. The parade proceeds along Market Street where our Irish Wolfhounds are always greeted enthusiastically by the crowd of parade onlookers.

This event is open to NCIWC members and their invited guests. NO IRISH WOLFHOUND WILL BE ALLOWED TO PATICPATE IN THE NCIWC PARADE UNIT UNLESS THE OWNER IS A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING OF THE NCIWC. All members and guests are required to submit a signed waiver of liability for parade participation (click the following). waiver_2023. You can either sign, scan and return the waiver(s) by email (preferred) or you can bring the signed waiver(s) to the parade and submit at check-in. Participants will gather on 2nd St. at 10:30AM, one hour prior to the parade start time for required check-in.  A more specific location on 2nd street will be announced once that location is assigned by the United Irish Societies.

Please be sure to wear GREEN or attire reflecting Irish heritage. We must remember that we are invited guests and should honor both our hounds and the United Irish Societies of San Francisco in their request for attire suitable for an Irish celebration.  CELTIC attire or other traditional clothing is welcome but not required. 

Although club members are always on hand to support one another the health and well-being of both you and your hound/s is a personal responsibility! You should plan to be prepared for variable weather conditions, proper hydration, and clean-up. Good walking shoes are a must! 

The parade will stop 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 hounds around the grates. Serious injury is possible by walking hounds across the grates!

The parade ends at Civic Center Plaza. The judge’s reviewing stand is located across from City Hall.  It is at this point where we really turn on the Irish Wolfhound charm and impress the judges with a “snake” maneuver (zig-zagging line of hounds) for review. Participants will be given specific instructions of how to line up to perform this maneuver. We request that only one person per hound participate in the “snake”! 

Please let us know if you plan to attend and include the number of hounds and guests.  It really helps on parade day to have a general idea of how many participants there will be.  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 (subj: St. Patrick’s Day Parade)