By Dan Lieberman, @LiebermanTweets

Go green on St. Patrick’s Day by taking Caltrain to San Francisco this Saturday, March 17, for the annual parade and festival. For 167 years, San Francisco has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with this traditional and highly-anticipated celebration that is enjoyed by more than 100,000 people every year.

The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Market and 2nd streets and continues to the Civic Center Plaza where there will be live music, food and a wide variety of booths and vendors until 5 p.m.

Caltrain has northbound weekend service to the San Francisco station at 4th and King streets. From there, festival-goers can make their way toward Market Street by hopping onto Muni’s N-Judah line or walking one mile toward the parade route. Alternatively, riders can take Caltrain to the Millbrae Station, transfer to BART and get off at Civic Center.

Caltrain is a proof-of-payment system; tickets are not sold onboard trains but can be purchased at vending machines at the stations or via the Caltrain Mobile App. To save time on the return trip, passengers are encouraged to buy a Day Pass. Clipper card users are reminded to tag on and tag off.

Caltrain reminds revelers to drink responsibly and to remember that open containers of alcohol are not allowed on trains after 9 p.m. following special events.

Parking at Caltrain stations costs $5.50 for the day, and permits can be purchased through ticket machines onsite. Paid parking rules are enforced throughout the day.

For more information about Caltrain schedules and fares, call 1.800.660.4287 (TTY 650.508.6448) or visit


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