A nonprofit organization manages the week’s events with a mission: “Our San Francisco Fleet Week 2012 mission is to continue to focus on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response Preparedness while we take this annual opportunity to host and thank the young men and women of the Naval Services for their selfless devotion to duty in safeguarding our country.”
Here is a video of San Francisco Fleet Week 2011. See the crowds watching the air show and the parade of ships –
And here is this year’s schedule of events – http://www.fleetweek.us/
As for our Columbus Day Celebration, that has been around since 1869. So the Italian Heritage Parade, scheduled for Sunday, October 7, http://www.sfcolumbusday.org/parade/index.html , will coexist with Fleet Week events. After all, Columbus was a sailor.