On Saturday, March 12th, the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations kick off in downtown San Francisco.
Mike Moriarty takes on the duties of Grand Marshall for the much-anticipated parade which starts at 2nd Street at 11:30 a.m. and heads up Market Street to the Civic Plaza.
The theme this year is "Giving Back."
Revellers will join in and participate in "all things" Irish.
For starters, there will be a fine array of Irish dishes and children's rides to keep the blues at bay.
My father was a fiddler who once played with legendary Don Messer in Toronto (Canada).
For years, my dad played up a storm - with a twinkle in his eye - with the Jolly Millers (his band) who played in Hogs Hollow (a few decades ago!).
So, I am of Irish decent.
Consequently, I'll be trotting down to the festivities to get heartily involved.
At a minimum, I'll be chug-a-lugging a mug of green ale or two!
See 'ya there!
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