The 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held on Main Street, Saturday, March 17, 2018 starting at 9 a.m. This one-day, rain or shine event brings approximately 30,000 people to celebrate being Irish and welcomes the arrival of Spring.
The parade begins on Saturday at 9 a.m., followed by live music on three stages and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. There will also be approximately 150 vendors set up along Main Street in North Myrtle Beach displaying their crafts, services, information, products, and a variety of treats.
Admission and parking at this event is free. Grab some beach chairs and the family and come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!
Parade & Festival Contests
Do you enjoy competitions? Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 30th 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 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 p.m. Contest begins at 2:15 p.m.
Enter into the Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest at this year’s festival. The first person 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 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.
Festival Entertainment Schedule
Flynn’s Irish Tavern Stage (Near Flynn’s Irish Tavern)
11:00 AM: Brendan O’Connor
11:45 AM: Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes & Drums
12:00 PM: Brendan O’Connor
12:45 PM: Wake District Pipes & Drums
1:00 PM: Emish
2:15 PM: Leprechaun Contest
2:30 PM: Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest
2:45 PM: Emish
Freedom Boat Club Stage (Oak Drive)
11:15 AM: Triple Toe Cloggers
11:45 AM: Parade Awards
12:15 PM: Conway Celtic Pipers
12:30 PM: NMB School of Performing Arts
1:00 PM: Coastal Carolina Shields Pipe & Drums
1:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Tan & Sober Gentleman
Sticky Fingers Stage (Near Duffy’s Seafood Shack)
11:00 AM: Bantum Rooster
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Hip Pocket
Parade & Festival Parking
Spectators gathering to watch the parade should be in place by 8:20 a.m. Main Street will close to 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. For more information on festival parking check out the NMB Park & Rec website.