St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival

Free Admission/Free Parking
One Day Rain or Shine Event*

* unless forecast includes unsafe weather conditions

North Myrtle Beach welcomes you to a sea of green!   The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest on the Grand Strand with over 100 parade entries and a long history of fun.  Masses of people line Main Street each year to get a glimpse of this magical parade.  The parade begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Be sure to set up by 8:30 AM with your friends, family, beach chairs, blankets, and golf carts.  You don’t want to miss this two-hour phenomenon.

The parade route and direction will be the same as in 2022, starting on Ocean Boulevard and ending at Ye Olde Kings Hwy. The parade will begin on Ocean Boulevard at 2nd Ave North and proceed south to 1st Avenue South. At the intersection of 1st Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard the parade turns right onto 1st Avenue South, then right onto Hillside Drive, then left onto Main Street, and traveling on Main Street to Ye Olde Kings Highway to conclude the parade route. 

The parade staging and line up will occur at 7:00 am on Ocean Boulevard from 2nd Ave North to 11th Ave North. Southbound lanes on Ocean Boulevard from 11th Ave North to 1st Ave South will be closed to traffic from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM. From 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM the closure will include both southbound and northbound lanes from 2nd Ave North to 1st Ave South.

An emcee announcing parade participants will be stationed at the entrance of the Horseshoe. Judges will also be stationed at the Horseshoe to vote for their “Best” parade entries. 

WPDE personalities, Ed Piotrowski and Jennifer Abney, will be announcing the parade at the Community Stage located at Main Street and N. Oak Drive. For those that can’t make the parade in person, it will be broadcast LIVE on CW21.

This fun-loving parade of St. Patrick’s Day themed and decorated floats is a 33 year tradition on the streets of North Myrtle Beach. It is a great time for all ages and  kicks off  the 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival taking place on Main Street from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 

After the parade, continue the fun with a street festival!  Three stages of live entertainment will keep you in the Irish spirit all day.  Expect Irish Pipe Bands, Irish Dancers, and many more live performances.

Over 120 vendors will display their crafts.  Food vendors and Main Street businesses will have a variety of Irish treats and festival food favorites for everyone to enjoy.  Keep an eye out for all the street entertainers and leprechauns that scurry around this festival.  Bring the “wee” ones to enjoy the children’s area that is full of rides and games for all ages.

Festivities end at 4:00 PM, but before you leave, stop by the Information/Parks and Recreation tent to purchase a souvenir t-shirt to end your glorious day!  T-shirt quantities are limited so purchase your souvenir t-shirt early at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center the week of the festival.

Contests:

Leprechaun Contest / Jr. Leprechaun Contest

Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 33rd Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival Leprechaun Contest. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy. Sign up at the information booth or the Irish Stage before 2:00 pm. Contest will be at the Irish stage at 2:30 pm. 

Shepard's Pie Eating Contest

First to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins an awesome plaque and gift card. Sign up at the information booth or the Irish stage before 2:00 pm. Contest will be at the Irish stage at 2:30 pm.

Entertainment Schedule:

Community Stage
Irish Stage
Ocean Stage
11:00 am   Triple Toe Cloggers
11:30 am   Parade Awards / 
                 Clover's Revenge
1:30 pm    CCS Pipes/Drums
2:00 pm    Julio and the Saltines 



11:00 am   Brendan O'Connor
12:00 pm   CCS Pipes and Drums
12:15 pm   Brendan O'Connor
1:30 pm     The Muckers
2:30 pm      Leprechaun Contest / 
                  Shepherd's Pie Eating Contest
3:00 pm     The Muckers
11:00 am  Southside Saints
1:30 pm    Painted Man

 
Kids Area:

Rides and games for all ages!

Food Area:

Irish food and festival favorites!

Parade Entries


Parade Route:
The parade staging and line up occurs on Ocean Blvd. from 2nd Ave. N. to 11th Ave. N. Your parade assigned number will be painted on the road. The actual parade will begin on Ocean Blvd. at 2nd Ave N. and proceeds south to 1st Ave. S. At the intersection of 1st Ave. S. and Ocean Blvd. parade entries turn right onto 1st Ave. S., then turn right onto Hillside Dr., then left onto Main St., traveling to Ye Olde Kings Highway to conclude the parade route. The judging stage is located at the corner of Main St. and Hillside Drive. First, second, and third place awards will be given in three different categories; business, nonprofit, and marching bands.

Parade Entry Application:
The St. Patrick's Day parade is organized by the North Strand Optimist Club. All entry applications with fee (payable to North Strand Optimist Club) should be mailed to:

North Strand Optimist Club | Attn: Dale Rieser
PO Box 5109 | North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

Parade Application

Festival Vendors


Vendor Applications: Vendor applications for 2023 are closed as we are at vendor capacity. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email recreation@nmb.us to be added to the waitlist. You will only be contacted if we are able to accommodate you. 

Traffic Information

The parade staging and line up will occur at 7:00 AM on Ocean Boulevard from 2nd Ave North to 11th Ave North. Southbound lanes on Ocean Boulevard from 11th Ave North to 1st Ave South will be closed to traffic from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM. From 9:00 AM -11:00 AM the closure will include both southbound and northbound lanes from 2nd Ave North to 1st Ave South. 

Main Street from Ash Street to Ocean Boulevard will be closed from 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Main Street to Ocean Boulevard will be closed from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM for the parade. Main Street becomes festival area from Ash Street to Ocean Blvd after the parade until 6:00 PM. 

The parade will begin at 9:00 AM. Ocean Boulevard will be open to vehicular traffic until 8:30 AM and is expected to reopen around 11:30 AM, immediately following the parade.

Event Parking

•  Corner of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Blvd.
•  Corner of 1st Avenue South and Ocean Blvd.
•  McLean Park: 93 Oak Drive

•  Free shuttle service 8 AM - 5 PM from: Ocean Drive Elementary School (901 11th Avenue North, NMB)
•  Free shuttle service 8 AM - 5 PM from: NMB Aquatic & Fitness Center (1100 2nd Ave South, NMB)

North Strand Optimist Club

Optimist International
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WPDE

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lep contest winner

2022 Leprechaun Contest Winner

Congratulations again to Michael, the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Leprechaun. Leprechauns were judged on:

  • Appearance
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Originality
jr lep contest

2022 Jr. Leprechaun Contest Winner

Congratulations again to Avie, the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Leprechaun. Leprechauns were judged on:

  • Appearance
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Originality
shep pie winner

2022 Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest Winner

Congratulations to Pups on winning the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest.