It’s the 100th annual Blessing of the Fleet and parade of boats to officially open the San Francisco Bay Area boating season! The theme for this year’s parade is “Cruising the Century,” showcasing heroes of all kinds: military, super heroes, historical, teachers, innovators, service, inspirational and brave figures and more.
If you’re stuck on land, view it from PIER 39 on The Embarcadero from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., or choose another great vantage point, like Crissy Field or Marina Green, along the San Francisco Bay waterfront. This is a unique opportunity to see the annual decorated boat parade of large and small vessels as it sails close to the extensive city northern shoreline on the bay. Find a good spot, viewing is free of charge.
This year's Grand Marshall is Lieutenant Colonel John Morrow, the 54th Commander and Distrist Engineer of the San Francisco District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Celebrate with a sit down lunch cruise with live entertainment on a Hornblower yacht from San Francisco’s Pier 3. This wonderful parade has been organized since 1917 by the Pacific Inter-Club Yacht Association (PICYA), which was formed in San Francisco in 1896 to encourage yachting.
More than 100 historic work boats, fire boats, tow boats, classic and contemporary craft are polished and decorated with flags and streamers to show themselves off looking their very best.