Sláinte! If your travels are taking you to North Myrtle Beach this St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be among thousands of people celebrating the luck of the Irish in the Carolinas!
With miles of shoreline, upscale restaurants, and plenty of lounges and pubs, there’s no question why NMB is one of the most popular destinations in the Southeast to celebrate.
The annual St. Patrick’s parade in North Myrtle Beach is the biggest on the Grand Strand runs from Ocean Boulevard to Ye Olde Kings Highway .
The city’s main thoroughfare, Ocean Boulevard, is the hub for all things St. Paddy’s Day. Many pubs and clubs will host Irish-themed bashes with live music, dance parties, and of course, beer! There are also plenty of restaurants offering special St. Patrick’s Day menus and dishes and plenty of Guinness on tap!
Booking a vacation rental in March is the perfect excuse to attend one of the best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in South Carolina! From the traditional Irish music to the local attractions and delicious food, we’ll give you all the details you need to have the best St. Patrick’s Day yet.
The St. Patrick’s Day Tradition
St. Patrick’s Day is an annual celebration of Irish culture and tradition, commemorated worldwide since the 17th century. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in 1903 in the town of Waterford, Ireland.
The origin of St. Patrick’s Day dates back to the 5th century when St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is said to have used the shamrock’s three leaves to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans, winning them over to Christianity.
Today, Irish Catholics celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th in his honor, and the tradition has spread to countries around the world.
St. Patrick’s Day is a highly anticipated holiday of Irish pride and heritage, celebrated with raucous parades, music, dancing, traditional foods, and of course, lots of green.
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach
Our beach town has hosted an annual North Myrtle Beach St Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival for over 30 years. Whether its a solo celebration or a family adventure, here’s how to get the most out of St. Patrick’s Day in North Myrtle Beach.
The North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When it comes to the evening festivities, North Myrtle Beach is known for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which takes place every year along Main Street. Enjoy the marching bands, clowns, floats, and more as they make their way through the streets of North Myrtle Beach.
Where to Eat
Start off the day with a traditional Irish breakfast at one of the area’s seemingly endless breakfast joints, then for a lively atmosphere later in the day, head to popular spots like Flynn’s Irish Tavern and Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, where you can get a delicious traditional Irish meal as well as other classic Irish pub food.
For a more relaxed atmosphere, check out some of North Myrtle Beach’s cozy restaurants. Enjoy a meal of classic Irish dishes like corned beef and cabbage, or head to a local seafood spot for a traditional Lowcountry boil.
It’s a great way to savor the unique flavors of the region while getting into the spirit of the holiday.
Where to Drink
Finally, if you’re looking for a lively atmosphere, there’s no better place that the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach.
This area is filled with lively oceanfront bars and nightclubs with great live music events and DJs on hand to keep the party going all night. So get your green clothes ready and head to North Myrtle Beach for an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day!
North Myrtle Beach offers a few great Irish pubs that are sure to offer special St. Patrick’s Day promotions, such as food and drink specials, live music, and more.
In addition, you can expect to hear traditional Irish tunes and sing-alongs, and plenty of beer and whiskey to go around!
Where to Find Festive Clothing
For those looking for a more family-friendly celebration, many local shops also host their St. Patrick’s Day sales with discounts on green clothing and other holiday-themed items.
2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach
- When: Saturday, March 11, 2023
- Parade Starting Point: Ocean Boulevard
- Parade Starting Time: 9 am
- Family Friendly Street Festival: 11 am to 4 pm
The 33rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, organized by the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival takes place on Saturday, March 11, so you can enjoy Saint Patrick’s Day twice!
The festival starts early, rain or shine, and hosts a traditional procession of bagpipers, floats, classic cars, marching bands, and more.
The parade passes through Ocean Drive and Main Street, showcasing some of the best and brightest the area offers. After the parade, the festivities move onto McLean Park, where visitors can enjoy various food, drinks, and entertainment.
Festival and Vendors
At the festival, guests can wander through the vendor tents, taste delicious Irish and American cuisine, listen to live music and peruse some of local businesses’ many goods and services. Crafters, retailers, and entertainers will all be on hand to help celebrate. In addition, there will be no shortage of green beer, traditional Irish dancing, and special appearances by St. Patrick himself.
This year boasts two contests.
- Leprechaun Contest: Dress up in your Leprechaun best! Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy.
- Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest: First to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins an awesome plaque and gift card.
There will be multiple stages of live entertainment at the festival. Bands this year include:
- Triple Toe Cloggers
- Clover’s Revenge
- The CCS Pipes/Drums
- Julio and the Saltines
- Brendan O’Connor
- The Muckers
- Southside Saints
- Painted Man.
Do not miss the chance to get into the Irish spirit at this lively street festival!
May Good Luck Be With You in North Myrtle Beach!
St. Patrick’s Day is perhaps the most fun holiday of the year, and there’s no better place to celebrate it than from your vacation rental in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Whether you’re looking for delicious Irish food, traditional live music, and dancing, or just a great way to spend time with family and friends, North Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to have a St. Patrick’s Day getaway.
So find your luck o’ the Irish, and prepare to have a wonderful time in North Myrtle Beach this St. Patrick’s Day!