Can’t make it to Dublin this year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Head to North Myrtle Beach instead! With parades, festivals, concerts, and more, there are plenty of ways for everyone to celebrate the greenest day of the year.

Top o’ the Morning Parade

The Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is one of our most famous events of the year. The parade brings over 100 floats and golf carts to Main Street to celebrate the luck of the Irish. This year’s parade will take place on March 16 starting at 9 a.m. and will mark the 34th year of this celebratory tradition. Grab your green and line the streets early for the best seats in North Myrtle Beach.

The two-hour extravaganza wraps up at about 11 A.M., but the fun is just getting started.

Festival Fun

The street festival starts right after the parade and runs until 4 P.M. With three stages of live entertainment and hundreds of vendors, there’s always something to see and do. The line-up includes clog dancing, a pipe and drum group, local talent, and more all afternoon. While four-leaf clovers may be hard to come by, leprechauns will be plentiful! Dozens of lucky leprechauns will be jigging along the street hoping to win the Leprechaun Contest!

If you want to try your hand at competitive eating, the Shepherd’s Pie-Eating Contest is the perfect event for you. But if that’s not your thing, head to one of the dozen local vendors to enjoy traditional Irish food or festival staples.

For the wee little lassies and leprechauns in training, there’s a fun kids' area with games, rides, and face-painting.

Keep the Party Going

While you’re in town, celebrate the holiday with authentic Irish dishes at one of our local Irish pubs and eateries.

Flynn’s Irish Tavern will be jumping all weekend long with locals and visitors alike looking to have an Irish good time. At Flynn’s, you can enjoy Irish Potato Soup, Roast Beef with Guinness Gravy, and their famous Guinness Irish Stew. For a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage meal, head over to Molly Darcy’s. This local favorite offers Irish Cuisine, a large drink selection, and live music after dark. Molly Darcy’s also offers seaside seating on their outdoor deck, so you can take in the fresh air while you enjoy your Bangers and Mash.

What’s a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration without Guinness? Join the festival-goers at Main Street Taphouse to enjoy traditional-style beers, local drafts, and much more. Main Street Taphouse welcomes everyone in for some St. Paddy’s Day entertainment, Grand Strand style.