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St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival Saturday

Decorated golf carts have always been a big part of the North Myrtle Beach Annual
St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The 32nd Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival will be on Saturday, March 14, on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The one-day rain or shine event attracts more than 40,000 people annually.

The North Strand Optimist Club organizes the parade and all entry fees go to help the youth of the community.

The festival offers over 150 food, arts and crafts, nonprofit and other vendors. There is a kids area with games and rides sponsored by Ledo Pizza. Two food areas sponsored by South Atlantic Bank offer delicious Irish treats and other festival favorites.

Come celebrate all things Irish!

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival offers three entertainment stages. The current entertainment lineup is as follows:

Flynn’s Irish Tavern Stage

11:00 AM – Brendan O’Connor

11:45 AM – Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes & Drums

12:00 PM – Brendan O’Connor

12:45 PM – The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts Dancers

1:30 PM – Tan and Sober Gentleman

2:15 PM – Leprechaun Contest

2:30 PM – Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest

2:45 – 4:00 PM – Tan and Sober Gentleman

Freedom Boat Club

Community Stage   

(Oak Drive)

11:15 AM – Triple Toe Cloggers

11:40 AM – Ocean Drive Mini Chiefs Dance Club

11:50 AM – North Myrtle Beach School of Performing Arts

12:00 PM – Parade Awards

12:05 PM – Mark McKinney & Company

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Cornbread

Boulineau’ s Ocean Stage

(Near Duffy’s Seafood Shack)

11:00 AM – Retrograde

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM – The Tonez

Show your love of all things Irish by competing in festive competitions, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Leprechaun and Junior Leprechaun contests. Entries are judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy.

The Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest is always a favorite with festival participants. The first person to clear their plate without using their hands wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque.

For more festival information, visit www.StPatsNMB.com.

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