St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Parade: 9 a.m.
Festival: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free Admission

Parade: North Myrtle Beach welcomes you to a sea of green!   The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest on the Grand Strand with over 100 parade entries and a long history of fun.  Masses of people line Main Street each year to get a glimpse of a magical parade that can only be experienced and not described.  The parade begins promptly at 9:00 a.m.  Be sure to set up your “viewing station” by 8:30 a.m. with friends, family, beach chairs, blankets, and golf carts.  You don’t want to miss this two-hour phenomenon.

Live announcing stations are located along the parade route that will keep everyone informed as the parade participants pass.  If you cannot make it to the parade be sure to check out the live broadcast on WPDE TV 15.

Festival:  After the parade, continue the fun with a street festival!  Three stages of live entertainment will keep you in the Irish spirit all day.  Expect Irish Pipe Bands, Irish Dancers, and many more live performances.

Over 100 vendors will display their crafts.  Food vendors and Main Street businesses will have a variety of treats for everyone to enjoy.   Keep an eye out for all the street entertainers and leprechauns that scurry around this festival.  Bring the “wee” ones to enjoy the children’s area that is chocked full of rides and games for all ages.

Festivities end at 4:00 p.m., but before you leave, stop by the Information/Parks and Recreation tent to purchase a souvenir t-shirt to end your glorious day!  T-shirt quantities are limited so purchase your souvenir t-shirt early at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center and wear it to the festival.

NMB’s LUCKY CHARM?  Do you think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned North Myrtle Beach’s best St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun?  If so, dress in your best Leprechaun outfit and come to the festival to win prizes and be dubbed “North Myrtle Beach’s Best Leprechaun”!    

Entertainment Schedule

Community Stage - 

11:00 am - 11:30   Triple Toe Cloggers

11:35 -pm - 12:00 pm   Local Dance Groups

Parade Awards

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm   Mark McKinney & Co.

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm   Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm   TBD

Irish Stage - 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM   The Fiddler and The Flutist

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM   Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes and Drums

12:15 PM- 1:00 PM   The Fiddler and the Flutist

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   Tan & Sober Gentlemen

2:30 PM -   Leprechaun Contest

2:45 PM -   Shepard's Pie Eating Contest

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM    Tan & Sober Gentlemen

Ocean Stage -

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM   Southside Saints

1:30 PM - 4:00 PM   The Tonez

PARADE Information:

For information regarding the parade, please contact the North Strand Optimist Club.

Download a Parade application here.  Spots will fill up fast!

Mailing: North Strand Optimist Club, Attn: Dale Riser
P.O. Box 5109, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597

Email: Dale Riser at

Phone: Dale Riser at (843) 273-5290


Event Parking

Main Street will close to vehicular traffic promptly at 8:15 am The parade will begin at 9:00 am. Ocean Boulevard will be open to vehicular traffic until 8:30 am and is expected to reopen around 11:30 am, immediately following the parade. Main Street from Ash Street to Ocean Boulevard will remain closed after the parade and become the festival area. 

• Public Parking lot beside Convenience Store & More: 250 Main Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

• North Myrtle Beach Family Practice (Dr. Ramsbottom’s office) Parking Lot: 86 Cedar Avenue, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

• McLean Park: 93 Oak Drive, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

• Bi-Lo Shopping Center on Main Street

Lephrechaun Contest Winner

2019 Leprechaun Contest Winner

Congratulations again to Avie, the 31st Annual Street Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Leprechaun. Leprechauns were judged on:

  • Appearance
  • Creativity
  • Energy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Originality
Joshua Meeks - Shepherds Pie Eating Contest Winner

2019 Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest Winner

Congratulations to Joshua Meeks on winning the 31st Annual Street Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest.