Posts Tagged ‘Miss San Francisco’

San Francisco’s 42nd Annual Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, 2009

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

As expected, there was a great turnout for the 42nd Annual Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown today. Sunny skies and the Grand Parade made today the busiest of the four-day festival. Let’s take a look at the staging area this morning.

Its Grand Marshall George Takei! Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (born in San Francisco) is seen here hanging out with Heidi Cheung, Miss San Francisco’s Outstanding Teen 2009 and Crystal Lee, Miss California’s Outstanding Teen 2008.

Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California President and Mrs. Masaaki Tanaka, Ambassador of Japan to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Ichiro Fujisajki, George Takei, and Consul General of Japan and Mrs. Yasumasa Nagamine:

The mise-en-scene in front of City Hall:. Click to expand:

My Melody, Hello Kitty, and Badtz Maru were pleased to be on the scene:

From Hawaii with aloha:

Photographer David Yu was welcomed by all, including this contingent from Los Angeles:

Miss National Asia Dow-An Kou is on the right:

Bevan Dufty chilling with local pageant winners. 

Elizabeth Kress, Miss San Francisco:

And Little Miss San Francisco 2009, Alyssa-Marie Muna:

And now on with the parade:

Senator Leland Yee:

Frosty Senator Mark Leno:

Assemblymember Fiona Ma with Bob Twomey:

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano:

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

And his ride for today:

Supervisor Bevan Dufty and company:

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi with the Japanese Ambassador and Consul General:

Supervisor Eric Mar:

 Richard Hashimoto, President of the Japantown Merchants Association:

Thought this was an electric Tesla Roadster at first. Actually, it’s the similar (but lighter) gas-powered Lotus Elise. (Horrible Tesla Motors is long on promises, certainly, but just because a toy car is expensive and is powered by electricity, that doesn’t mean it’s a desirable product, that doesn’t mean it represents “the high end.” Just ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ended up giving his Tesla Roadster back. Go ahead and buy one if you want, though. While you’re at it, why not buy an impractical electric Ultra Motor A2B bike and an impractical electric Segway Scooter as well.)

Speaking of cars, here’s part of the NUMMI contingent all the way from Fremont. It’s the only car factory in the West that’s still operating. Union labor, FYI 

Nihonmachi Little Friends:

And your reward for making it all the way to J-Town? Yummy chicken and rice balls from O-Izakaya Lounge at 1625 Post Street.

See you next year!

San Francisco’s 158th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – Photos

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Check out the action from San Francisco’s 158th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade put on by the United Irish Societies, San Francisco. Also, see Hardy Wilson’s photos here.

Mayor Gavin Newsom and Jennifer Siebel Newsom - Camelot, here we come. Click to expand:

 Hellbent for election, this time for Governor.

Now lets’ pay the bills with animals, beauty queens, and kids - y’all seem to like these subjects.

A huge canine from the Northern California Irish Wolfhound Club. They appeared to be very friendly and dignified, horse-like in a way.

Miss Golden Gate Ashley Miller and Miss San Francisco Reny Lupo, together again:

The parade stopped momentarily so these young dancers could build up the courage to cross this scary BART grate in the middle of the street:

Half Irish, half Rock Star – just like Bono?

Now, on with the parade:

The Girls Scouts wisely used their opportunity to hawk cookies directly to the crowd:

Who else was there? Senators Leland Yee and Ellen Corbett:

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma with Bevan Dufty and the always well-behaved Sidney

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu:

District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi

Supervisor John Avalos made the scene in an awesome purple 1960 Imperial Crown convertible (aka Chrysler Imperial).

San Francisco Firefighters Union Local 798′s John Hanley:

Others on hand were Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and Supervisors Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd. Those were the politicians, now onto politics.

The Irish Immigration Pastoral Center wants Comprehensive Immigration Reform.

Sinn Fein in the house:

As well the International Republican Socialist Network:

Okay then.

And finally, the largest California Bear Flag in all Christendom:

See you next year!

Beauty Queens on Parade – Miss San Francisco and Friends

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The reigning winner of the Miss San Francisco scholarship pageant / beauty contest hung out with her friends the other day while waiting for yet another parade to begin. Miss San Francisco leads to Miss California leads to Miss America so who knows where these gals will end up.

You got to pay for graduate school somehow.

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