And since the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, the parade is expected to draw more participants this year and be larger than ever. If you are in the area, you will not want to miss it.
The parade is set to start at 1pm this year. It will begin at the intersection of Bladen Street. (at MP 11.5) and Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Road), and then continue up north to Driftwood Street. Nearby, there will be the year’s best St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Kelly’s Restaurant, where patrons can win awards, enjoy some Irish-inspired entertainment, and eat free hot dogs!
If you are interested in participating in the parade, Kelly’s Restaurant has the application available online. A panel of judges will decide who best fits the four categories: Best Overall; Best Float; Best Unit; and Best Band/Music group. The theme this year? “Red, White and Blue… with a Splash of Green!” With a patriotic theme like that, there is no limit to what you can do. And who doesn’t want to win a prize?
Of course, if you plan on attending the parade, our Surf Side Hotel is close to the parade route, providing you with easy access and an enjoyable stay during St. Patrick’s Day!