St. Patrick’s Day in Myrtle Beach really should be called St. Patrick’s Week, because this year the festivities span a full eight days. Thanks to the Irish holiday falling on a Thursday (March 17), the various events are being held the weekend before and after the actual holiday, as well as the official date.
Whether you are looking for good family fun, like a parade or a road race, or some good times for grownups such as bar parties and costume contests, you are sure to find the perfect way to enjoy the holiday in Myrtle Beach. Many of the festivities are held a short distance from the Paradise Resort, so you can sample a few green beers and catch a quick cab ride back to your room. Here are some of our ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Grand Strand:
The Seventh Annual Myrtle Beach Irish Fest takes place Saturday, March 12, just a couple of miles from Paradise Resort at Market Common’s Valor Park. This free festival combines traditional Irish food and music with local customs like an oyster roast and craft beers. Be sure to wear your best green attire for the costume contest, and feel free to dance a jig to a mix of live music. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The 28th Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is one of the highlights of the spring festival season with a crowd of 30,000 expected to attend the free event Saturday, March 12. Revelers line the streets for the start of the 9 a.m. parade, which features floats, marching bands and classic convertibles rolling down Ocean Drive and tossing out trinkets. Once that parade waves goodbye, the party moves to Main Street for live music, dancing, shopping and all-day parties. Live music and entertainment play on three stages while audience members dance to the rhythm and relax in lawn chairs. Patrons can shop at the more than 150 vendors, which offer arts and crafts, and food and drinks, including Irish beers and microbrews. Children flock to McLean Park for fun and games until the festival’s end at 4 p.m., while the good times for the adults last late into the night at local bars.
The “Seafood Capital of South Carolina” has the Luck of the Marsh Walk on Thursday, March 17th at the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk. Wear your green and join the festivities at this stretch of waterfront restaurants and bars. Live music and a costume contest are among the outdoor events, and each establishment honors the holidays in their own unique way. Enjoy Irish food along with fresh seafood and green beer.
*The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk canceled its annual downtown street party, but the Ocean Boulevard business district hopes to keep the St. Patrick’s Day spirit alive with a four-day shopping promotion. The St. Patrick’s Day Irish Sip-N-Shop is set for March 17-20, offering visitors deals and discounts at various stores. There are even some “green-light specials” available for those who wear green, and participating restaurants and bars will hold their own celebrations.
Guests at the Paradise Resort also have lots of options to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on its official date at numerous Irish-themed establishments on the Strand. Bigger celebrations are held at Finn McCool’s, Flynn’s Irish Tavern, Bumstead’s Pub, and O’Keefe’s Irish Pub. Or you can enjoy your Irish luck and relax back at the resort for a true taste of St. Patrick’s Day in Paradise, Myrtle Beach.