St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival


32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Parade: 9 a.m.
Festival: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Free Admission

Parade: 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 history that is unwavering.  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.

Live announcing stations are located along the parade route that will keep everyone informed as the parade participants pass.  If you cannot make it to the parade be sure to check out the live broadcast on WPDE TV 15.

Festival:  If a grand parade wasn’t enough, an Irish festival awaits your presence.  Three stages of live entertainment hosted by WPDE’s finest TV personalities will keep you in the Irish spirit all day.  Expect Irish Pipe Bands, Irish Dancers, and many more performances.

Over 150 vendors will display their crafts.  Food vendors and Main Street businesses will have a variety of treats 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 and wear it to the festival.

NMB’s LUCKY CHARM?  Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned North Myrtle Beach’s best St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun?  If so, dress in your best Leprechaun outfit and come to the festival to win prizes and be dubbed “North Myrtle Beach’s Best Leprechaun”!  For contest details visit parks.nmb.us.  

FESTIVAL Information:

Entertainment Schedule – TBD
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PARADE Information:

For information regarding the parade, please contact the North Strand Optimist Club.

Mailing: North Strand Optimist Club, Attn: Dale Riser
P.O. Box 5109, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

Email: Dale Riser at dale@upsprinting.com

Phone: Dale Riser at (843) 273-5290


Vendors

Event Parking

Main Street will close to vehicular traffic promptly at 8:15 am The parade will begin at 8:50 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. Main Street from Ash Street to Ocean Boulevard will remain closed after the parade and become the festival area. Please View the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route Map (PDF)!

On-Site Public Parking

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

Off-Site Parking / Pick-ups

  • Coming from Little River on Highway 17:
    • Ocean Drive Elementary School
      901 11th Avenue North
      North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
    • Street end parking lot at 8th Avenue N and Ocean Boulevard
    • Street end parking lot at 12th Avenue N and Ocean Boulevard
    • Street end parking lot at 14th Avenue N and Ocean Boulevard
    • Street end parking lot at 17th Avenue N and Ocean Boulevard
  • Coming from Highway 31 via Robert Edge Parkway:
    • Ocean Drive Elementary School
      901 11th Avenue N
      North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
    • Back of City Hall, City of North Myrtle Beach
      1018 Second Avenue S
      North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Buses will run continuously from 8 am until 5 pm. Buses provided are not wheelchair accessible. Please use the provided Handicap parking areas for wheelchair accessible parking.

Handicap Parking

Grass lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard:
200 N Ocean Boulevard
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Lephrechaun Contest Winner

2019 Leprechaun Contest Winner

Congratulations again to Avie, the 31st Annual Street Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Leprechaun. Leprechauns were judged on:

  • Appearance
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Originality
Joshua Meeks - Shepherds Pie Eating Contest Winner

2019 Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest Winner

Congratulations to Joshua Meeks on winning the 31st Annual Street Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest.