Myrtle Beach loves to celebrate each year in March, locals and vacationers gather to honor the patron saint of Ireland — Saint Patrick — with celebrations and parades featuring Irish music, Irish food and drink, a slew of shamrocks, and a healthy dose of green attire.
Head north about 25 minutes to North Myrtle Beach Main Street to kick-off the weekend celebrations. On Saturday, March 16 beginning at 9:00 AM, approximately 30,000 attendees are expected to converge on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach for the 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival.
The festivities begin with a parade through downtown North Myrtle Beach, followed by live music performed on three separate stages starting at 11 a.m. The festival will include a children’s area featuring rides, games and other activities, and approximately 150 vendors selling food, drinks, crafts, and other goods and services.
Consider these festive reasons to join the Irish-themed fun:
Set to begin at 9 a.m., the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will run east along Main Street from Ye Olde Kings Highway to Hillside Drive before winding its way along 1st Avenue South and Ocean Boulevard to 2nd Avenue North. Participants can include businesses, civic groups, marching bands, pageant queens, individuals, families and more, and spectators lining the streets are sure to have a blast soaking in all the Irish-themed fun.
This year, the Leprechaun Contest is back. Dress in your origins and creative leprechaun costume and bring on the energy and enthusiasm. If you will the title of the you will win $100 Walmart Gift Card. Maybe you want to eat like an Irishman, then enter the Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest. So much fun for everyone.
Other Irish establishments you might want to check out during your St. Patrick’s Day weekend getaway include:
Finn McCools – Food & Spirits: Finn McCools is famous for the most outrageous St Patrick's Day celebration on the Grand Strand! There's truly no other place you will want to be in Myrtle Beach! We have constant entertainment throughout the week. Every year, we bring world renowned Victor Cunneen down from New York to provide the very best of Irish music. He begins on Saturday March 14th and will finish his last set in the wee early hours of Wednesday morning! You don't want to miss it! Also attending will be “The Jameson Girls,” “The Bud Girls,” “The Bailey's
The Girls,” and “The Blu Energy Girls!” We're talking a full boat of hotness at Finn McCools!
The Ole’ Irish Pub: Conveniently located in the Heart of Myrtle Beach, come and enjoy our unique place, as soon as you enter our friendly walls you’ll understand why we take pride of our Quality, Originality and Freshness of our food and beverages.
You can feel the original Irish touch of the host heritage everywhere in our friendly establishment.
Molly Darcy’s: Located oceanfront in North Myrtle Beach, enjoy the outdoor oceanfront patio, delicious food and drinks with authentic Celtic flavors and the freshest local ingredients. Cool off with a huge selection of Irish Whiskeys and Enjoy our Craft Beers and Cocktails. Lots of fun, for more information visit: http://www.mollydarcy.com/northmyrtlebeach/
After you have celebrated the one day of being Irish, head back to Breakers Resort and continue the fun as you relax on your Myrtle Beach vacation.