34th Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Join North Myrtle Beach's grandest event – the St. Patrick's Day Parade! With a staggering 100+ parade entries and a rich history of merriment, this annual extravaganza draws masses of spectators to Main Street. The enchanting procession kicks off promptly at 9:00 AM and promises a morning filled with joy and Irish cheer.

The celebration doesn't end with the parade – it only gets better! Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the post-parade street festival. Three stages featuring sensational live entertainment, including Irish Pipe Bands, Irish Dancers, and various other captivating performances, will keep you immersed in the festive spirit all day long. Explore the offerings of over 120 vendors displaying their crafts and adding to the vibrant tapestry of the celebration.

Explore Main Street's culinary delights at Flynn's Irish Tavern for authentic homemade corned beef and cabbage or bangers and mash. Feel lucky? Discover your pot of gold at unique shops like Hope Taylor and Company and The Gallery on Main for a delightful shopping experience.

Leprechaun and Jr. Leprechaun Contest:

Embrace your inner leprechaun and showcase your passion for all things Irish by participating in the 34th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival Leprechaun Contest. This spirited competition invites contestants to express their originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm, and energy. Simply sign up at the information booth or the Irish Stage before 2:00 pm. The contest is held at the Irish stage at 2:30 pm and promises a lively display of Irish charm and wit. Don your best green attire, practice your Irish jig, and get ready to compete for the title of the festival's most spirited leprechaun!

Shepherd's Pie Eating Contest:

For those with a hearty appetite and a love for traditional Irish cuisine, the Shepherd's Pie Eating Contest is the perfect way to join the St. Patrick's Day excitement. Competitors vie to be the first to clear their plate without using their hands and the victorious eater will be rewarded with an awesome plaque and a coveted gift card. Sign up at the information booth or the Irish stage before 2:00 pm, and head to the Irish stage at 2:30 pm for a gastronomic showdown. Whether you're a seasoned competitor or a first-time participant, this contest promises a hearty dose of fun and friendly competition for all Shepherd's Pie enthusiasts.

Electrifying LIVE music:

Main Street comes alive with the electrifying beats of LIVE music and entertainment this year! Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere with performances taking place on three stages strategically located on Main Street and just off the bustling thoroughfare. But the music extravaganza doesn't end there – head to Deckerz Bar & Grill for a massive parking lot party featuring sensational bands on the deck. Get ready to dance, unwind, and revel in the rhythm as Main Street transforms into a hub of musice offering an unforgettable experience for enthusiasts of all kinds!

Event Details:

  • Date & Time: Saturday, March 16, 2024; The parade starts at 9 a.m. and the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Location: Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, 29582
  • Cost: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival are Free
  • Parking: Park conveniently at the corner of 2nd Ave. N. and Ocean Blvd. or McLean Park. Overflow parking is also available at Ocean Drive Elementary School and NMB Aquatic & Fitness Center, with a shuttle service running during the event for your convenience.

Entertainment Lineup:

  • Irish Stage - Located Across From Flynn's Irish Tavern: 11am-12pm The Midatlantic Band • 12pm Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums • 12:30-1:30 The Midatlantic Band • 2pm - 4pm Tan & Sober Gentlemen
  • Community Stage - Located at North Oak Drive: 11am-1130am Triple Toe Cloggers • 11:30am Parade Awards • 12pm-1:30pm Ryan Perry • 1:30pm Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums • 2pm - 4pm Rivermist
  • Ocean Stage - Located Near Ocean Boulevard: 11am-1pm Black Glass • 1pm-2pm Pipes and Drums of the Jersey Shore • 2pm-4pm Ace Party Band

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