St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

February 2023
Written By: 
Pete Banko
Photographs by: 
courtesy of the City of North Myrtle Beach

The North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is the largest on the Grand Strand with over 150 parade entries.

Celebrate the wearing of the green in true Irish style with the city of North Myrtle Beach at the 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival! 

This free event is the largest on the Grand Strand with over 150 parade entries, attracting over 30,000 people each year. 

The main event, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, will begin at 9 a.m. The parade route and direction will be the same as in 2022, starting on Ocean Boulevard and ending at Ye Olde Kings Highway.  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 travels on Main Street to Ye Olde Kings Highway to conclude the parade route.

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.

Afterwards, the festivities will continue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a multitude of Irish-themed offerings at 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 chocked full of rides and games for all ages. Before you leave, stop by the Information/Parks and Recreation tent to purchase a souvenir T-shirt to end your glorious day!  

St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive. Free.