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The nation’s longest continuously running Italian Heritage Parade takes to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7, 2018. Additional Grand Marshals and dignitaries will be announced soon
The San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade is proud to announce that former United States Marine Corps general and the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace will serve as 2018 parade Grand Marshal. Raised by Italian American parents (from Noci, Italy), Pace is recognized for his distinguished four-decade military and public service career. He has been honored with numerous awards and distinctions, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Distinguished Graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Special Achievement Award for Military Service.
The 150th annual San Francisco Italian Heritage Parade will take to the streets of San Francisco on Sunday, October 7, 2018. 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 Italian-American dignitaries, music, performances, floats, and representatives of Italian and Italian-American organizations and businesses. Additional Grand Marshals and dignitaries will be announced soon.
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. The inaugural parade took place in 1868 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.