San Francisco's ANNUAL ITALIAN HERITAGE PARADE on Sunday, October 9, 2016, as the City's oldest civic event and the nation's oldest Italian-American parade and community celebration winds its way from Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach. 

     

A San Francisco institution since it was established in 1868 - Highlights 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; and special appearances by Bay Area and Italian-American celebrities.



Photos from the 2015 parade!  (Nickolas Marinelli)


(Special thanks to Beppe Sabatini for the 2014 and 2013  photos)


The Route
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. 
(Click the map for a larger size!)

Admission to all Parade activities-including the Ferrari Sportscar display in Washington Square Park and a variety of hands-on activities for children and families - is FREE  

Finding parking can be difficult in San Francisco, so we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, allowing visitors to purchase guaranteed parking at several locations near the parade. Once purchased, parking passes are emailed instantly and guarantee you access to your selected location. Parking is very limited and locations fill up, so we strongly recommend that you reserve your 100% guaranteed parking space now! 
 Enter the promo code ITALIAN25 to receive 25% off your parking reservation.
Visitor Info: (415) 703-9888 or review the Visitor Information page.  
For more information, please e-mail president@sfcolumbusday.org or Parade Director Frank Billante, francob7@aol.com