Admission to all Parade activities-including the Ferrari sports car display in Washington Square Park and a variety of hands-on activities for children and families - is FREE
Grand Marshal - Paul Tonelli
Paul Tonelli is a Bay Area native and locally-renowned radio personality with over 30 years of broadcast experience. He is best known for his role as co-host of the "Lamont & Tonelli" morning show on 107.7 The Bone, and since 2008 he has served as a P.A. announcer for the San Francisco 49ers.
Born and raised in Daly City, Paul attended St. Ignatius College Preparatory (class of 1976) and San Francisco State University (class of 1986). He began his career in broadcasting in 1987 doing airborne traffic reports for KSJOSan Jose, K-101 and KNBR. In 1989, Paul joined as co-host of "The Lamont & Tonelli Show” on 92.3 KSJO in San Jose, which ran until 2003 and now currently airs on 107.7 The Bone.
Paul has been a member of the Italian American Social Club since 1985, a member of the Monte Cristo Club since 2008 and a Board Member of Italian Community Services since 2011. He has had numerous civic duties, currently serving as a member of the Planning Commission, and the Civic Center Advisory Committee in the Peninsula town where he lives. Paul has also been a member of the St. Ignatius Alumni Association since 2008. Past affiliations include: His town's Park and Recreation Commission (1998 to 2004), and Business Golf Association Northern CA president (2013 to 2015). He also served as a football coach at his high school alma mater, St. Ignatius College Prep from 1991 to 2015.
Paul's father, Dino Tonelli, and his Uncle, Bill Tonelli (both 1st generation Americans) grew up in North Beach 1912-1927 at two different residences on Taylor St. In 1927 the family moved to the Excelsior District. The two Tonelli brothers became pharmacists and eventually came to own Central Drug Co. with two pharmacies on Mission St.
Paul's mom, Elsie, and his brother Jerry continue to run the family pharmacy Central Drug Store at 4494 Mission St. (corner of Mission & Santa Rosa). It has been a continuously operating drug store for over 100 years.
Paul currently resides on the Peninsula with his wife Lisa of 22 years, their dog Gidget and new cat Clover.
Grand Marshal - Brian Boitano
Olympic champion Brian Boitano single-handedly changed the face of professional figure skating by raising the level of competition. Boitano's competitive record is unmatched. He has won over 50 gold medals including, 4 national titles, 2 world titles, an Olympic title and more professional titles than any other skater in the history of the sport. Brian is a member of the USOC Hall of Fame, skating’s World Hall of Fame. He is known for his speed and powerful command of the ice and most notably for winning Olympic Gold in the "Battle of the Brians."
In 2009 Brian debuted a television series on the Food Network. The weekly cooking show, "What Would Brian Boitano Make?" showcased his culinary skills and witty off-ice personality. "What Would Brian Boitano Make?" was named one of the top 10 Food Network shows to watch by TV squad. Brian’s cookbook "What Would Brian Boitano Make?" was published and reached number 3 on the Amazon hot new release list.
In 2013 Brian completed a full restoration of his family home in Italy.
This project resulted in an HGTV series titled The Boitano Project which garnered the highest ever ratings for a home improvement series.
Brian's long list of accomplishments includes winning a Primetime Emmy for his starring role in Carmen on Ice (HBO) and producing more than 30 TV specials.
In 1998, Brian founded Youth Skate. Since its inaugural year, more than 9000 of San Francisco’s inner-city youth have been introduced to the sport of ice-skating.
Brian continues to train and skate for tours and television specials as his career spans the worlds of food, skating and entertainment.
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 Sts. Peter and Paul Church. Parade viewing is available throughout the route.