Dungeness crab season usually kicks off in November or early December, and it’s something of a ritual at Fisherman’s Wharf. For more than 100 years, crowds have gathered on the wharf to watch the departure of the crab boats—some of which are even blessed by priests to ensure a successful catch. There was a time when spectators waited out in the cold with boiling cauldrons, eager to cook the boats’ initial catch. Today , they can simply grab a table at one of the many seafood restaurants in North Beach, the Marina, and beyond.
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