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St. Patrick’s Day parade is Saturday

Posted on Mar 9, 2017

The 29th Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival will be held on Saturday, March 11, on Main Street. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and the festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The one-day rain or shine event attracts more than 30,000 people annually.
The festival offers 150-plus food, arts and crafts, nonprofit and other vendors.
The North Strand Optimist Club organizes the parade, and all entry fees go back into helping the youth of the community.
Alan Connie and Amber Campbell have been selected as grand marshals for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The St. Patrick’s Day Festival offers three entertainment stages. The current entertainment lineup is as follows:
Community Stage - Main Street and Oak Drive:
11:15 a.m.: Triple Toe Cloggers
11:45 a.m.: Parade Awards
12:15 p.m.: Conway Celtic Pipers
12:30 p.m.: Academy of Dance and Fine Arts
1 p.m.: Coastal Carolina Shields Pipe & Drums
1:15 p.m.: North Myrtle Beach School of Performing Arts
2:15 to 4 p.m.: Caroline Dare Band
Main Stage - Near Flynn’s Irish Tavern:
11 a.m.: Band on the Rum
11:45 a.m.: Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes & Drums
12 noon: Band on the Rum
12:45 p.m.: Wake & District Public Safety Pipes & Drums
1 p.m.: Barleyjuice
2:15 p.m.: Leprechaun Contest
2:30 p.m.: Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest
2:45 p.m.: Barleyjuice
Green Stage - Near Duffy’s Seafood Shack
11: Miracle Max and the Pet Monsters
1:45 to 4 p.m.: Bantum Rooster
Two contests are also part of this year’s festival:
29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Leprechaun Contest:
Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Leprechaun Contest. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy. Participants must be 18 years or older, must register, must be dressed in a leprechaun/Irish-themed costume and must grant permission to the city of North Myrtle Beach to publish photos for promotion and sign a release of liability. The contest is open to the general public and no purchase is necessary to participate.
Contestants must register at the main stage at Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2 p.m. Preregistration is also available at the festival information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 p.m. Meet at the stairs of the main stage at 2 p.m. The contest begins at 2:15 p.m.
29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest:
First to clear their plate without using their hands wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque. Register at the main stage at Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2 p.m. Preregistration is also available at the festival information booth at the corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street before 1:30 p.m. Meet at the stairs of the main stage on festival site at 2:15 p.m. Contest begins at 2:30 p.m.
Event Parking ­—
Parade and Festival Parking:
Spectators gathering to watch the parade should be in place by 8:20 a.m. Main Street will close to vehicular traffic promptly at 8:30 a.m. The parade will begin at 8:50 a.m.
Ocean Boulevard will be open to vehicular traffic until 8:30 a.m. and is expected to reopen around 11:30 a.m., immediately following the parade. Main Street from Ash Street to Ocean Boulevard will remain closed after the parade and become the festival area.
Onsite Public Parking —
Open grass lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T at 601 Main St. in North Myrtle Beach.
McLean Park at 93 Oak Drive in North Myrtle Beach.
Grass lot on the corner of Second Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard at 200 N. Ocean Blvd. in North Myrtle Beach.
Offsite Parking/Pick-ups ­—
Buses will run continuously from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Coming from Little River on Highway 17 —
Ocean Drive Elementary School at 901 11th Ave. N. in North Myrtle Beach.
Corner of 8th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.
Corner of 12th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.
Corner of 14th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.
Corner of 17th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard.
Coming from Highway 31 via Robert Edge Parkway.
Ocean Drive Elementary School at 901 11th Ave. N. in North Myrtle Beach.
Buses provided are not wheelchair accessible. Please use the provided handicap parking areas for wheelchair accessible parking.
Handicap Parking —
Open grass lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T at 601 Main St. in North Myrtle Beach.
WPDE TV 15 is the media sponsor. Easy 105.9 is the radio sponsor. The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade presenting sponsor.


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