This past weekend saw the runnin’ of the annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and it truly was a day for the wearin’ of the green, even if you weren’t Irish, or if you didn’t live in San Francisco. Irish eyes were certainly smiling when it came to the weather, and the parade strutted down Market Street under clear, sunny skies and unseasonably warm temps. I’m sure the wearin’ of the kilts became a tad more uncomfortable (and a lot less hygiene) come mid-afternoon, when temps topped out at 75 degrees, very strange for this time of year … thanks, global warming. And thanks for the drought, while we’re at it!
Anyway, a real photographer can’t let a major photo opportunity like a downtown parade pass by unphotographed, but I approached the event with some reluctance. I had extensively photographed last year’s parade, and my experiences with shooting large annual events told me to expect some redundancy. And sure enough, that hunch didn’t disappoint, as I felt like I was taking some of the same shots of the same people in the same order as last year’s parade.
Still, you can’t have a major outdoor event that celebrates the larrikin spirit of the Irish and not expect some wackiness to ensue. And in that respect, again, it didn’t disappoint. And how could it not … it’s San Francisco, for God’s sake! I’m glad I was there to capture it because it turned out to be a really fun day, even if it felt like deja-vu all over again.
So here for your viewing pleasure is the good, the bad, the ugly, and the world’s greatest U2 cover band, of this year’s San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
Erin Go Braugh, y’all … and check out the gallery after the wee jump!!!