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City Sights: St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

This past weekend, we headed down to the Civic Hall to take part in the St. Paddy’s Day festivities.  Walking through the Tenderloin is always interesting, best experienced in full daylight.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

By now we’ve been to quite a few festivals in the cities, and we know exactly how to enjoy ourselves without getting antsy.  We always hit the highlights: Food, People Watching, and Parades!  First up is always: Find the food!

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

This was the first festival we’ve been to that fenced off the main area – complete with pat-downs and purse checks, I guess to control the amount of alcohol.  (Although we still saw a few high schoolers bragging about the handles hidden in their pants…)  The security was a little disconcerting, since most events are much more lax.  (Does that sound ultra-San Franciscan? I guess they’ve sucked me in.)

Within the gates, there was food and music – bagpipes and step dancing and all manner of green things.

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

After food – watching the parade.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

Some people watching.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

(Apparently I missed the tutu memo.)

More parade.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

Pug parade!
Pug parade!

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

Visited the kiddy side.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

After walking the perimeter, getting our fill of sun and food and people watching, we headed home for a lazy afternoon nap.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

Saturday night we went to a tiny pizza place in North Beach and shared a carafe of wine.  After dinner we stumbled upon a blues bar called Tupelo – so of course we had to check it out!

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

We stuck around for the live music, and it reminded me so much of our trips to New Orleans.  A year ago, that wave of homesickness would’ve ruined my whole night, but I guess now I can appreciate what I miss but still feel grateful to be where I am.  So that’s progress, right?

We walked through North Beach, past the famous City Lights bookstore and the flying books.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

A lone musician played in Chinatown as we waited for the bus.

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

 

The Amateur Librarian // St. Patrick's Day

It was a great end to a day of St. Patrick’s Day festivities!

More city sights coming soon as we continue to explore San Francisco!

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