March 17th is fast approaching. The day where green everything is a must and one of the largest parades all year takes place.
But, most of the St. Patrick's day events are happening on Saturday, March 16th. By far the biggest celebration in the area is in North Myrtle Beach with their annual parade and festival.
Here's a list of St. Patty's events along the Grand Strand:
North Myrtle Beach, Saturday March 16th:
- St Patrick's Day Parade, Saturday March 16th starting at 9:00am,
"The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest parade on the Grand Strand with over 100 parade entries and a history that is unwavering. 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 am, but parade goers rise earlier to patron Main Street establishments in search of warm delights to keep their appetites at bay during the parade." Read more.
- St Patrick's Day Festival, "If a grand parade wasn't enough, waiting at the end of Main Street is a festival you will not want to miss. Over 125 vendors will display their arts and crafts. Food vendors and Main Street businesses will have a variety of treats for everyone to enjoy. Two stages of continuous live entertainment will keep the Irish spirit in you all day. 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 pm, but before you leave, stop by the information tent and purchase a souvenir t-shirt to end your glorious day!"
- More info, including the music schedule and contests can be found here.
Myrtle Beach: Saturday, March 16th
- Downtown Myrtle Beach: Just off of 9th Avenue North the Downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day festival will take place from 12:00pm until midnight. Admission is free and there are several bands scheduled throughout the day. Of course there will be food and drink along with games, contests and a KidsZone.
More info can be found here.
- Irish Fest at Market Common: From 11:00am until 7:00pm The Market Common will be in the green spirit with their 4th annual Irish Fest. "The Irish Fest at The Market Common is now an annual tradition in Myrtle Beach. Its a great family friendly event, with something for everyone." Some of the beers being offered are; Brooklyn Irish Stout, Founders Breakfast Stout, Highland Gaelic, and Goose Island IPA -prices per-beer range from $3.00 to $5.00. There will also be live entertainment, Irish food and Kid's Activities; including face painting, inflatables and more.
More info can be found here.
Conway: Friday, March 15th
- Gathering of the Green: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Conway with the 3rd Annual Gathering of the Green on Friday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. on Third Avenue in Downtown Conway. The Gathering of the Green features live music, a taste of Conway, Irish trivia, silent auction, games and great entertainment...Read more here
Bars & Such
Of course area Bars and Restaurants will be getting in on the weekends festivities. Some of the most popular St. Patrick's Day hot spots are: Flynn's Irish Tavern, Molly Darcy's, Finn McCool's, and O'Keefe's Irish Pub. To find out what these bars are offering hop on over to MyrtleBeach.com.
Broadway at the Beach's Tilted Kilt will also be celebrating on both Saturday and Sunday, "Celebrate the luck of the Irish all weekend long! Enjoy bands throughout the weekend, Hooley menu, green beer, a Photo Booth, magician, plus great giveaways and prizes!"
Red Robin has a special little concoction blended up that might give McDonald's ShamrockShake a run for its money! Red Robin has created an Irish Beer Shake made with Guinness, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and chocolate ice cream which is being served all month long.
Some of you might want to stay home and celebrate, to which we'll point you to this awesome recipe for Irish Cheesecake over at BuzzFeed.com. Additionally, we'll direct you to this list of drinks to keep it classy (until the Irish Car Bombs come out), the Baby Guinness is a must! But we prefer the recipe that's made with Patron XO Cafe, Molly Darcey's in North Myrtle Beach makes a mean on...so we kinda remember.
- At anyrate: Stay Safe! and don't drink and drive!