Photos: The celebration of 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Photos: The celebration of 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Thousands of people gathered along the streets of San Francisco to watch the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. Parade with participants dressed in traditional Irish costumes, Irish dance troupes, marching bands, and over a hundred vibrant floats, marched down from 2nd and Market streets to Civic Center Plaza.

Photos by Ekevara Kitpowsong

A man in costume takes part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A man in costume takes part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant waits for the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 2nd Street on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant waits for the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 2nd Street on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant wearing a decorated hat joins the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant wearing a decorated hat joins the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume wait for the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 2nd Street on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume wait for the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 2nd Street on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. In San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. In San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument in the parking lot on 2nd Street while waiting for the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument in the parking lot on 2nd Street while waiting for the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A little girl holds an Irish flag as she enjoys watching the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A little girl holds an Irish flag as she enjoys watching the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Ken Gabriel and his Irish Wolfhound “Quincy” wait for the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Ken Gabriel and his Irish Wolfhound “Quincy” wait for the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade watchers pet an Irish Wolfhound dog during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade watchers pet an Irish Wolfhound dog during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants of Silicon Valley Pipe Band perform on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants of Silicon Valley Pipe Band perform on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A giant St. Patrick’s Day inflatable is part of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A giant St. Patrick’s Day inflatable is part of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down 2nd Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down 2nd Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Two San Francisco Police horses on 2nd Street await the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Two San Francisco Police horses on 2nd Street await the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument while awaiting the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument while awaiting the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade watchers enjoy watching the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade watchers enjoy watching the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco police officers ride horses on Market Street during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco police officers ride horses on Market Street during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Shamrock decorations can be seen on a float rolling down Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Shamrock decorations can be seen on a float rolling down Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants hand out small Irish flags to the parade watchers on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants hand out small Irish flags to the parade watchers on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in a cable car throw hats and backpacks to the crowd on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in a cable car throw hats and backpacks to the crowd on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Two women wear green outfits as they walk on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Two women wear green outfits as they walk on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Children ride tricycles on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Children ride tricycles on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Kevin and his Irish Wolfhound dog “Kane” await the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 2nd Street as people ask to pet his dog, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Kevin and his Irish Wolfhound dog “Kane” await the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on 2nd Street as people ask to pet his dog, on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A boy hands out candies in a bucket to two girls on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A boy hands out candies in a bucket to two girls during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant plays a musical instrument during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A drum major performs with a baton on 2nd Street await for the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A drum major performs with a baton on 2nd Street await for the start of the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants in costume take part in the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants play musical instruments during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants play musical instruments during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participant in a bear mascot joins the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participant in a bear mascot joins the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants carry a California State flag as they march down Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants carry a California State flag as they march down Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

The Grand Marshal of the parade this year San Francisco Mayor London Breed smiles and waves to the crowd on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

The Grand Marshal of the parade this year San Francisco Mayor London Breed smiles and waves to the crowd on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants on the float smile and wave to the crowd during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants on the float smile and wave to the crowd during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform on Market Street in San Francisco during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform Irish dance during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants perform Irish dance during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade watchers enjoy watching the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Parade watchers enjoy watching the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Market Street in San Francisco on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants on the cable car smile to the crowd during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants on the cable car smile to the crowd during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant in costume smiles and gives candy to a girl during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

A participant in costume smiles and gives candy to a girl during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy smiles and waves to the crowd on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco Sheriff Vicki Hennessy smiles and waves to the crowd on Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco police car rolls down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

San Francisco police car rolls down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

Participants march down Market Street during the 168th annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong/Current SF)

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