NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – March 3, 2016 — Celebrate the luck of the Irish at one of the Grand Strand’s largest annual celebrations. North Myrtle Beach’s 28th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival returns to the city’s downtown Main Street district on Saturday, March 12. Explore North Myrtle Beach is a proud sponsor of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, which draws more than 30,000 festival-goers annually, and admission is complimentary.

This year’s parade will begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine, and streets are expected to close prior to the event at 8:30 a.m. Spectators are encouraged to find their spots along the Main Street parade route well in advance.

The festival will begin immediately following the parade at 11 a.m. The celebration on Main Street will feature live music, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty more. Main Street, from Ash Street to Ocean Boulevard, will remain closed for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival until 4 p.m.

In addition to experiencing the festivities firsthand on Main Street, the parade will also be broadcast in regional markets, including:

  • WSYX-TV  (Columbus, Ohio)
  • WXLV-TV (Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, N.C.)
  • WLFL-TV (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • WLOS-TV (Greenville-Spartanburg-Asheville, S.C. and N.C.)

“We are happy to welcome this annual celebration back to our community,” said Marc Jordan, president CEO of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB. “We have a strong Irish heritage within the North Myrtle Beach community and between our residents and visitors to the area, we always enjoy a spirited parade and festival that continues to be a crowd pleaser throughout the Southeast.”

Additional sponsors of the parade and festival include Explore North Myrtle Beach, WPDE-TV, and Easy 105.9. The North Strand Optimist Club organizes the parade and all entry money goes toward helping community youth.

For more information on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, visit the chamber’s website or contact the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department at (843) 280-5584.


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The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau, an accredited five-star Chamber and qualifier for the 2014 Chamber of the Year, has been serving the local community for the past 13 years. The mission of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is to be recognized as the premier business organization serving the North Myrtle Beach area and its business members by providing quality products, programs, and services while influencing issues that enhance the economic prosperity and the sustainable development of our community. The Chamber recently committed to enhanced regional and national travel industry promotion and advocacy through reorganization of its Convention and Visitors Bureau division. For additional information about the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, visit or

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