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Support North Beach Restaurants and Businesses

Small businesses are at the heart of our community and they need our help. While we encourage you to practice social distancing, the following North Beach businesses are open for takeout, delivery, and other essential goods. We will continue to update this post so stay tuned! New additions updated as of June 24. Please click on the restaurant name to be re-directed to their site to see menus and hours of operation. The Buena Vista is still serving their famous Irish Coffee to go as well! For a list of Italian restaurants throughout the Bay Area that are still offering take-out and delivery, please visit the running list on the Italian Consulate Instagram page. Order takeout or delivery. Support our local businesses. If you can, please also support employee relief efforts for Firenze by Night restaurant and the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The North Beach Virtual Tip Jar gives you the opportunity to send a tip to your servers, bartenders, and barbacks at participating North Beach restaurants! These are challenging times for the community, but we will get through this together just as we have done in the past. Tutto andrá bene / All will go well

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Updates from the Italian-American community in the Bay Area

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread around the world, we have a heightened awareness of its impact on our community. While we were looking forward to connecting with the community at upcoming events like the Golden State Warriors Italian Heritage Night later this month, it is unfortunately no longer possible to do so. That being said, now is more important than ever for us to take care of each other and our community. Our hearts also go out to our brothers and sisters in Italy who continue to battle COVID-19. If you are able to, we suggest that you donate to various Italian relief efforts on GoFundMe. We also want to say loud and clear: North Beach is open for business. Small businesses are at the heart of our community and they need our help. While we encourage you to practice social distancing and understand you may not be able to visit a cafe, restaurant or other businesses at this time, there are still ways you can help. Buy a gift card. Order takeout or delivery. Pick-up your groceries and essentials from local businesses. These are challenging times for the community, but we will get through this together just […]

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Fernet Branca Sponsoring the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade!

The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019 SAN FRANCISCO, October 8, 2019 — We are thrilled to announce Fernet Branca USA and Fratelli Branca Distillerie are once again sponsoring the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade on October 13. Their presence will be seen in the parade again and six local establishments or “Pit Stops” are once again featured along the parade route for you to enjoy a Fernet, one of the most popular drinks in North Beach! The 151st anniversary of the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take place this October 13, 2019, to coincide with Italian Heritage month. Started in 1869, the parade is one of the oldest celebrating Italian culture and the contributions of both native Italians and Italian-Americans to America and the Bay Area. The parade will start at 12:30 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Fisherman’s Wharf as tradition dictates, and proceed down Columbus Avenue, ending at Washington Square Park. The Italian Heritage Parade is a fun-filled parade that gets better every year. Marchers and onlookers represent the diversity of the Bay Area and include not only dozens of local Italian […]

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors Names October Italian Heritage Month

We have exciting news as we gear up for the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade this Sunday, October 13th. The Board of Supervisors just unanimously approved Supervisor Catherine Stefani’s resolution recognizing October as Italian American Heritage Month. Please join us at City Hall this Friday, October 11th, to celebrate. RSVP here: https://www.supervisorstefani.com/italian_american_heritage_party Grazie mille, Supervisor Stefani. We are proud that San Francisco has  joined the Cities of Los Angeles, Boston and many others in declaring October Italian American Heritage Month. See you Sunday in North Beach!  

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Former San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White and San Francisco Giants Pitcher Dave Dravecky Named Grand Marshals of the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media relations contact: Joe Ciarallo joe.ciarallo@gmail.com The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019 San Francisco: The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is proud to announce that former San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White and San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky will serve as 2019 parade Grand Marshals. Hayes-White was sworn in as Chief of the San Francisco Fire Department – the largest urban fire Department in the world with a female Chief – by then Mayor Gavin Newsom, now Governor of California. Dravecky, of Italian descent, played for nine seasons in Major League Baseball, and was named an All-Star in 1983. After his career ended early due to cancer, he recovered from arm surgery and went on to begin a new career as a motivational speaker. The 151st annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019. The parade begins at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman’s Wharf and ends in Washington Square in front of Sts. Peter and Paul Church. The parade will feature Italian and […]

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Queen Isabella and Her Court Named for the 151st San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade!

The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 13, 2019 The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade announces Queen Isabella and her Court for the upcoming parade on October 13, 2019, in San Francisco. Gina Guglielmoni has been named Queen Isabella for the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade. Her family roots go back to Genoa, Fusio, and Calabria. Gina is a Bay area native and has been involved in the parade and the court since 2005. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology at San Jose State. The 2019 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court Queen Isabella – Gina Guglielmoni Princess – Filomina Reilly First Duchess – Christina Pallore Second Duchess – Grace Cardenas Third Duchess – Brianna Wraa First Contessa – Katherine Tracy Second Contessa – Kyleigh Uroz First Lady in Waiting – Gabriella Raouf Second Lady in Waiting – Adriana Calgaro Maiden – Nina Rivera Scroll Bearer – Enzo Solari Crown Bearer – Zita Solari Crown Bearer – Lillana Pellegrini Inglin Retiring Queen Isabella – Mia Toracca The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States and celebrates the […]

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Announcing the 151st Annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade on October 13, 2019

San Francisco, CA – The 151st anniversary of the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take place this October 13, 2019, to coincide with Italian Heritage month. Started in 1869, the parade is one of the oldest celebrating Italian culture and the contributions of both native Italians and Italian-Americans to America and the Bay Area. The parade will start at 12:30 PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019, in Fisherman’s Wharf as tradition dictates, and proceed down Columbus Avenue, ending at Washington Square Park. The Italian Heritage Parade is a fun-filled parade that gets better every year. Marchers and onlookers represent the diversity of the Bay Area and include not only dozens of local Italian organizations and clubs but also local elected officials, local businesses and performers including numerous local marching bands, performing groups and civic organizations. The parade has become a marquee event during the last day of the annual Fleet Week event honoring the United States Armed Forces. Grand Marshals and other special guests will be announced soon. Please join us on October 13, 2019, in North Beach, San Francisco to celebrate our Italian culture in the Bay Area. For additional information, visit: www.SFItalianHeritage.org, or follow: @SFItlHeritage on Twitter […]

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Applications for the 2019 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court are Online!

SAN FRANCISCO, October 30, 2018 — Applications are now up for the 2019 Queen Isabella and her Royal Court. Learn more about Queen Isabella and the Court on our website and apply online: https://sfitalianheritage.org/queen-court/ About the San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States and celebrates the accomplishments and culture of all Italian-Americans in the Bay Area. While thousands of Italians and Italian-Americans attend and participate, the parade welcomes all. Marchers and onlookers represent the diversity of the Bay Area and include not only dozens of local Italian organizations and clubs, but also local elected officials, local businesses: Bank of America, Ghilotti Construction Company, UPS, Cole Hardware, Peroni, Metro Electric and Fernet and Scavengers Construction and performers including numerous local high school and community bands, and many more. The inaugural parade took place in 1869 in San Francisco’s downtown, featuring the bands and marching units of Italian fraternal organizations, including the Garibaldi Guard, Swiss Guards, and Lafayette Guards. Throughout the years, it has remained a sign of the vitality of the Italian communities in the Bay Area. For additional information, visit: www.SFItalianHeritage.org, or follow: @SFItlHeritage […]

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San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade Celebrates Its 150th Anniversary

More than 53,000 attended nation’s longest running annual Italian-American Heritage Parade San Francisco City Hall was lit in Red, White, and Green In Honor of 150 Years of Italian-American Civic and Commercial Contributions to San Francisco Carmen Policy, Peter Pace and Thomas “Tippy” Mazzucco Led the Parade as Grand Marshals Festivities Kicked-Off October Italian Heritage Month; Mayor London Breed Marched in Parade SAN FRANCISCO, October 10, 2018 — The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade celebrated its 150th Anniversary on Sunday, October 7, 2018. More than 53,000 people attended the longest running annual Italian Heritage Parade in the United States, celebrating the accomplishments and culture of all Italian-Americans and welcoming all. More than 100 groups marched in the parade, including business, government, arts and civic organizations from Italy, the Bay Area and across California. The parade board of directors would like to thank all who marched in the parade, as well as our sponsors for their continued support. View 2018 parade photos here: https://sfitalianheritage.org/photos/ This year, the parade coincided with San Francisco Fleet Week and for the first time with the newly announced Italian Heritage Day holiday, which is celebrated on the second Monday in October. For the sesquicentennial anniversary, the […]

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Fernet – Branca Sponsoring the 150th San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 19, 2018 — Fernet – Branca and the Fratelli Branca Distillerie have agreed to sponsor the parade to celebrate our 150th parade. Along with the presence of a Fernet Branca float in the parade, check out the “Fernet Pit Stops” near and along the parade route to visit before, during or after the parade to celebrate with a Fernet and toast to the vision of their founder: …to bring to the whole world the excellence, the passion and the beauty of doing things the Italian way, in full respect of human being and the environment. – Brenardino Branca The 150th annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is the longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade in the United States, celebrating the accomplishments and culture of all Italian-Americans and welcoming all. The inaugural parade took place in 1869 in San Francisco’s downtown, featuring the bands and marching units of Italian fraternal organizations, including the Garibaldi Guard, Swiss Guards and Lafayette Guards. Throughout the years, it has remained a sign of the vitality of the Italian communities in the Bay Area. […]

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