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San Francisco Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade
San Francisco Italian Heritage Columbus Day Parade
San Francisco, California, USA
Early October
The San Francisco Italian Heritage Day Parade (formerly known as the Columbus Day Parade) is put on every year by Columbus Day Celebration, Inc. which is comprised of a Parade Board and is an all volunteer, non profit public benefit. Along with the Madonna del Lume celebration, the annual Italian Heritage Parade is San Francisco’s oldest civic event and the nation’s oldest Italian-American parade and community celebration. Each year hundreds of thousands of spectators gather along the parade route which begins at Fisherman’s Wharf and proceeds south through the Italian North Beach district ending up in Washington Square Park. This non-profit civic event was created in 1869 to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Italians to California and The Bay Area. It has evolved into a showcase of colorful parade floats, marching bands, a variety of traditional Italian performing artists and guest appearances by Bay Area and nationally recognized Italian-American celebrities. Also included are a wide variety of Italian heritage entertainment and activities for the whole family. Other Columbus Day Weekend highlights include the elegant black tie Grand Banquet Grand Banquet & Ball on Friday evening where the 2004 queen and her court will be introduced and the Cal-Italia Wine & Food Tasting in Washington Square Park on Saturday. On Saturday, the 7th Cal-Italia Wine & Food Tasting will take place in Washington Square Park where you can enjoy fine wines from California wineries producing Italian varietals and sample foods and other products. This event is more than your typical wine & food tasting ~~ it’s a celebration of la dolce vita, California style!
Washington Square Park in the heart of North Beach, San Francisco’s historic and world renowned Ital
San Francisco's Italian Heritage Parade organizers strongly encourage the use of public transportation. MUNI offers convenient bus service connections from all BART stations and throughout the City, and the Powell-Mason/Hyde Cable Car line from Powell Street to Fisherman's Wharf drops you off just a few blocks away from the Parade action. To check MUNI and Cable Car schedules, please visit www.transitinfo.org/Sched/MU . For BART service from the East Bay to San Francisco, please visit www.bart.gov/stations/tripPlanner/tripPlanner.asp . Coming from Marin? Golden Gate Transit offers convenient weekend ferry service from both Larkspur and Sausalito. Schedules can be accessed at www.goldengateferry.org/schedules/index.html .

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