North Myrtle Beach is 3,687 miles from Dublin, Ireland, but you’d never know it if you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day here. We paint the town green in March, and with the holiday falling on a weekday this year, many of our celebrations will be held during the days leading up to St. Patrick’s, which falls on a Thursday, March 17.

Emerald Jewel - Annual Parade & Festival

The emerald jewel in our St. Patty’s Day crown is the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival to be held on Saturday, March 19th, bringing the entire community together for food, fun, and plenty of Irish cheer.

On the day of, more than 100 festival floats and golf carts decorated with leprechauns, shamrocks, rainbows, and more will drive down Main Street past green-clad spectators for an unforgettably good time. The parade starts at 9 a.m., and the festival will follow between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. with a street party featuring live music performances, food and beverage vendors, arts and crafts booths, and for the kids in your group, face painting, rides, and games.

 

Food & Drinks Galore

 

While on Main Street, various restaurants like Flynn’s Irish Tavern will join in on the celebration. Flynn's serves Guinness and authentic Irish cuisine if you’re looking for a traditional dish like bangers and mash or corned beef and cabbage during the festival or on St. Patrick’s Day. For something sweet (and festive), stop by the ice cream shop Melt and ask for their mint chocolate chip flavor.

Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is the ideal spot if you’re looking for outdoor seating just steps from the beach. The family-run pub gives Irish vibes all year long, but they really hit their stride on St. Patrick’s Day. They serve up Celtic favorites including bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, beef stew, fish and chips, and, of course, corned beef and cabbage. Pair any meal with Guinness. Have everyone in your party order something different so you can share the dishes and taste every Irish cuisine on the menu for lunch or dinner.

For nighttime St. Patrick’s Day partiers, NMB offers a selection of bars, pubs, and breweries to partake in the tradition of pub crawling. While the St. Patrick's festival ends around 4 p.m., the party doesn’t have to. Stop by Taco Mundo for leprechaun margaritas and $10 pitchers! Want to celebrate at sea? The Hurricane Fleet is hosting a two hour St. Patrick's Day Cruise with live entertainment starting at 6:30 PM (This event is BYOB)!   End the night at  810 Billiards & Bowling for $3 Green Tea shots, and a chance to win free bowling for a year!  From a pint of Guinness to a green beer brewed specially for the big day, you and your friends can explore NMB one pub at a time.

Whether you celebrate the weekend before or on the day of, spending St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach will leave you feeling lucky.