Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day …
… with an annual festival and parade in San Francisco, children’s activities, and a favorite holiday-themed children’s book.
In San Francisco, the 161st annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the parade starting at 11:30 a.m. The festival is a family friendly, alcohol-free event, and includes children’s rides and a petting zoo.
St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century. Patrick was born in Roman Britain, and was kidnapped and sent to Ireland to work as a slave at 16. After seven years, he escaped and went back to Britain where he became a priest. Patrick returned to Ireland years later to convert the Irish to Christianity, and though he converted thousands, he was largely forgotten about after his death on March 17, 461. Over the centuries, the folklore about Patrick’s work grew in Ireland, where was later honored as its patron saint.