The City's oldest civic event and the nation's oldest Italian-American parade and community celebration, established in 1868, winds its way from Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach. 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.
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. 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.