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Saint Pat's Day flings in the Bay Area.

With Saint Patrick's Day (March 17) falling on a Sunday this year, the same parade, the celebration will be larger than ever. Some 250 floats, bands, and drill and dance teams will participate.

Beginning at 12:30 at Second and Market streets, the parade heads up Market to Golden Gate Avenue, right onto Polk Street, down Polk past reviewing stands at City Hall. You might take BART to the Civic Center Station and watch from Civic Center Plaza.

Oakland will sponsor its Saint Patrick's Day Unity Parade on Saturday, March 16, from noon to 3. It runs up Broadway from 10th to 22nd streets (BART stops at each end). Some 150 marching units are expected to participate.

The annual radio KABL snake races, which get bigger every year, will take place at noon on Friday, March 15, at Crown Plaza, Bush and Market streets. Some 80 entrants will slither down 20-foot chutes in four-snake heats; trainers alongside shout, coax, and prod their reluctant reptiles with slim poles, hoping to win $3,000 in purse money.

On Sunday afternoons in spring and summer (dates not yet set), you can watch fast and furious Gaelic football at Golden Gate Park. Two 15-man teams square off in a game similar to rugby. Matches begin at 1 in the polo field. To find out the weekend match schedule, call the parks department at (415) 558-4268. There are no bleachers, so bring a blanket to sit on and dress warmly. Viewing is free.
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Title Annotation:Saint Patrick's Day Unity Parade
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Date:Mar 1, 1985
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