October 12, 2014
Come enjoy a festive celebration in San Francisco this Columbus Day. The annual Italian Heritage Parade is the nation's oldest parade of its kind, dating back to 1868. The route will infuse the streets of San Francisco with some Italian flair from Fisherman's Wharf to North Beach. Come on out for a cultural celebration that includes local high school Italian clubs, marching bands, Italian organizations and community groups.
"Christopher Columbus" will make an appearance along with "Queen Isabella and Her Court" as part of the family-friendly fun. Find open-air dining along with Italian wine and food specials surrounding the Parade route at popular North Beach restaurants. Listen to traditional Italian musicians and performance artists. The traditional tunes add to a full-sensory experience of sights, sounds and aromatic smells that all celebrate "Il Belpaese" (the beautiful country).
Naturally, a tradition that's a century in the making attracts crowds from all over. The parade showcases the Italians' many contributions to the local community, with a spirit of pride that's contagious. Come and join in the fun, and you'll experience one of the gatherings that make San Francisco such a popular city.
Be sure to make your reservations at Hotel Griffon to enjoy a well-appointed stay in the heart of San Francisco. You'll be strolling distance to some of the area's best sightseeing destinations and spots for dining, shopping and entertainment.
Learn more by visiting http://www.sfcolumbusday.org/parade.