Plenty of ways to go green on St. Patrick’s Day 

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  • San Francisco’s 163rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade gets underway at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Second and Market streets.
Even though the holiday officially is Monday, festivities for St. Patrick’s Day are underway. The following events are just some of the ways to celebrate.

FRIDAY

Cooney’s Irish Cabaret: The lineup includes Andy Cooney, Noel V. Ginnity, The Guinness Irish Band and Darrah Carr Dance, 8 p.m., $20-$40. United Irish Cultural Center of San Francisco, 2700 45th Ave., S.F., (415) 661-2700, www.irishcentersf.org

Flogging Molly: The popular Irish band headlines a show also featuring Jerry Hannan & The Mad Hannans and Johnny Madcap & The Distractions. 7:30 p.m., $33.50. Fox Theater, 1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 548-3010, www.thefoxoakland.com

St. Patrick’s Day Alley Party: The sixth annual afternoon bash features DJs with drink specials and food from Sam’s Chowder Mobile. 4 p.m., free. Taverna Aventine, 582 Washington St., S.F., (415), 981-1500, www.aventinesf.com

SATURDAY

2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Presented by United Irish Societies and featuring grand marshals Dan and Margaret McAuliffe, this year’s procession — the 163rd in San Francisco’s history and a tribute to the Irish workers of America — starts downtown and ends at Civic Center Plaza. Begins at 11:30 a.m., Market and Second streets, S.F., www.uissf.org

Crossroads’ St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl: In the third annual event, Marina bars (Eastside West, Comet Club, Circa, Blue Light and others) offer drink specials to tipsy participants. 2 to 6 p.m., $10 advance, multiple locations crossroadsf.com

Shamrock Streat Bash: Food trucks serve traditional Irish offerings as well as beer specials, live music and games. Noon Saturday-Sunday, 5 p.m. Monday, free. SOMA Streat Food Park, 428 11th St., S,F, www.somastreatfoodpark.com.

The Gas Men: The traditional Irish band plays. 9 p.m., cover charge TBA. The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F., (415) 751-1122, www.theploughandstars.com

Irish Bank St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: The bash features music by The Bog Savages, The Shams, DJ Marcus and more. 9 a.m. Saturday and Monday, free before noon, $10 after. Irish Bank, 10 Mark Lane S.F., (415) 788-7152, www.theirishbank.com

O’Reilly’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Day 1: The Hooks, The Quiet Men, Fergus & Michael, The Guverment, The Bad Jones and others provide music. Noon, $10. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 622 Green St., S.F., (415) 989-6222, www.sforeillys.com

SUNDAY

The Brogues: The Pogues’ tribute band headlines. 7:30 p.m., $8. Make-Out Room, 3225 22nd St., S.F., (415) 647-2888, www.makeoutroom.com

MONDAY

Katherine Hastings: The Irish American writer, who is Sonoma County’s poet laureate, reads from her new volume “Nighthawks.” 7 p.m., free. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal Ave., S.F., (415) 564-8080, www.bookshopwestportal.com

Colm ó Riain: The Irish “genius fiddler” co-headlines a show with Lucia Comnes & Her Rockin’ Irish Band, which combines traditional Irish sounds with rock ‘n roll. 8 p.m., $20. Great American Music Hall, 859 O’Farrell St., S.F.,(415) 885-0750, www.slimspresents.com

O’Reilly’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Day 2: Zoo Station, The Gas Men, McCrae’s Battalion, The Shams, Shantytown and others play music. Noon, $10. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 622 Green St., S.F., (415) 989-6222, www.sforeillys.com

Paddy’s Dream: 9 p.m., cover charge TBA. The Plough and Stars, 116 Clement St., S.F., (415) 751-1122, www.theploughandstars.com Royal Exchange St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: Wonder Bread 5 provides the music. 3 p.m., free. Royal Exchange, 301 Sacramento St., S.F., (415) 956-1710, www.royalexchange.com

St. Patrick’s Day Blowout: Four bands — McCraes Battalion, The Butlers, The Guverment and Another Tangent — appear. 9 p.m., $.5. Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St., S.F., (415) 552-7788, www.elbo.com

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: The evening features Irish food specials and music by the Shamrock Shakers. 6-9 p.m. John Colins, 138 Minna St., S.F., (415) 512-7493, www.johncolins.com St. Patrick’s Day with Ivor Collins: The Irish bar hosts the troubadour. 5 p.m., free. Chieftain, 198 Fifth St., S,F., (415) 615-0916, www.thechieftain.com.

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