Don’t Miss the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

The 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will take place in North Myrtle Beach on Main Street Saturday, March 11, 2017. This one-day, rain or shine event has approximately 30,000 people that come to celebrate the Irish as well as to welcome the coming of spring.

Don't Miss the St. Patrick's Day Parade & FestivalA parade begins on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. There will be approximately 150 vendors displaying their crafts, services, information, products, and to serve a variety of treats along Main Street.

Admission to this event is free and there will be plenty of free parking as well. Grab the family, bring some beach chairs, and come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of Spring!

Parade & Festival Contests

Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Leprechaun Contest. Entries are judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy.

Register at the Main Stage @ Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is also avilable 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 on festival site at 2:00 p.m. Contest begins at 2:15 p.m.

Enter into the Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest at this year’s festival on Saturday, March 11th, 2017. First to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque designed by Coastal Engravers.

Register at the Main Stage at Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration 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 on festival site at 2:15 p.m. Contest begins at 2:30 p.m.

Parade & 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 Blvd. will remain closed after the parade and become the festival area.

On-site Public Parking
Open Grass Lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T: 601 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

McLean Park: 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Grass lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Blvd.; 200 N. Ocean Blvd., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Off-site Parking/Pick-ups
Buses will run continuously from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Coming from Little River on Hwy 17:
Ocean Drive Elementary School – 901 11th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Corner of 8th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.
Corner of 12th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.
Corner of 14th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.
Corner of 17th Avenue North & Ocean Blvd.

Coming from Hwy 31 via Robert Edge Parkway:
Ocean Drive Elementary School- 901 11th Avenue North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

*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: 601 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

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