Same great festival, different day!There were a couple changes to the entertainment schedule. Shuttle pick up locations are now Ocean Drive Elementary School and NMB Aquatic & Fitness Center.
See event details below:32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & FestivalSaturday, March 19, 2022Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582Parade: 9 a.m.Festival: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.Free Admission / Free ParkingParade
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 a magical parade that can only be experienced and not described. The parade begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Be sure to set up your “viewing station” by 8:30 a.m. with friends, family, beach chairs, blankets, and golf carts. You don’t want to miss this two-hour phenomenon.The parade route will be the same as years past, but will change direction by starting on Ocean Boulevard and ending at Ye Olde Kings Hwy. The purpose for this change is to try to reduce the impact the parade has on 2nd Avenue North. 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 32 year tradition on the streets of North Myrtle Beach. It is a great time for all ages and kicks off the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival taking place on Main Street from 11:00 am-4:00 pm. Festival: 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 100 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 chocked full of rides and games for all ages.Festivities end at 4:00 p.m., 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, starting March 7th.ContestsLeprechaun Contest / Jr. Leprechaun Contest- 2:30 pm @ Flynn's Irish StageShow off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival Leprechaun Contest. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy. Register at the Irish Stage near Flynn's Irish Tavern before 2:00 pm. Pre-registration is also available at the Festival Information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 pm. Meet at the Irish Stage at 2:15 pm. Contest begins at 2:30 pm.Shepard's Pie Eating Contest- 2:45 pm @ Flynn's Irish StageFirst to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins an awesome plaque and gift card. Register at the Irish Stage near Flynn's Irish Tavern before 2:00 pm. Pre-registration is also available at the Festival Information booth (corner of Hillside and Main Street) before 1:30 pm. Meet at the Irish Stage at 2:30 pm. Contest begins at 2:45pm.Entertainment ScheduleCommunity Stage - sponsored by Freedom Boat Club11:00 am - 11:30 Triple Toe Cloggers11:30 -pm - 12:00 pm NMB School of Performing ArtsParade Awards12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Sweet Sweet (previously Mark McKinney & Co.)1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Voo Doo Highway (previously Sweet Sweet)Irish Stage - sponsored by Flynn's Irish Tavern11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Voo Doo Highway (previously Fiddler & the Flutist)12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums12:15 PM- 1:00 PM Voo Doo Highway (previously Fiddler & the Flutist)1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Tan & Sober Gentlemen2:30 PM - Leprechaun Contest2:45 PM - Shepard's Pie Eating Contest3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Tan & Sober GentlemenOcean Stage - sponsored by Best Home & Property Services11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Southside Saints1:30 PM - 4:00 PM The TonezKids Area - sponsored by ISI Elite Training-North Myrtle Rides and games for all ages!Food Area - sponsored by HTCIrish food and festival favorites! Traffic InfoThe 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 - 11:00am 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. (courtesy of Worley family)• Corner of 1st Avenue South and Ocean Blvd. (courtesy of Worley family)• McLean Park: 93 Oak Drive• Bi-Lo Shopping Center on Main Street• Free shuttle service 8am - 5pm from: Ocean Drive Elementary School (901 11th Avenue North, NMB)• Free shuttle service 8am -5pm from: NMB Aquatic & Fitness Center (1100 2nd Ave South, NMB)