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Grand Strand celebrates St. Patrick's Day

A float in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade A float in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The 25th Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday on Main Street, and the Downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Celebration goes from noon to midnight Saturday.

Organizers say over 100 floats have been entered into the North Myrtle Beach parade, and over 125 arts and crafts vendors have entered in the festival this year, along with food vendors and Main Street businesses.

Nearly 24,000 people were estimated to have attended last year, and organizers expect a similar turnout in 2013.

Downtown Myrtle Beach will be host to a free concert, featuring several bands. There will also be traditional Irish food and drink, a Kidz Zone, and games and contests throughout the day. The Celebration takes place from noon to midnight on Ocean Boulevard between 8th Avenue North and 9th Avenue North.

Click here for more information on the Downtown Myrtle Beach Celebration: http://www.mbdowntownstpats.com/more.html

Below is a schedule of events at the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, from the city's public information office:

Saturday, March 16th

  • Ocean Blvd from First Avenue South to Second Avenue North closed 5 am to 6 pm
  • Main Street from Hillside Drive to Ocean Blvd. closed 5 am to 6 pm
  • Second Avenue North from Ocean Blvd. to Ye Ole Kings Hwy closed at 7 am
  • Hillside Drive from Third Avenue North to Second Avenue North (no thru traffic)
  • Oak Dr. from Main Street to Second Avenue North (no thru traffic)
  • Ash St. from Main Street to Second Avenue North (no thru traffic)
  • Dietra Lane from Walmart Garden Center side to Second Avenue North
  • Ye Ole Kings Hwy from Second Avenue North to Main Street closed at 7 am
  • Hwy 17 South - No left or right turn onto Second Avenue North at 7 am
  • Hwy 17 South - No left turn onto First Avenue North at 8:40 am until end of parade
  • Hwy 17 South - No left turn on Third Avenue South at 8:40 am until end of parade
  • Main Street Connector from Little River right or left turn ONLY at 8:40 am until end of parade
  • Main Street from Hwy 17 to Hillside Drive closed at 8:40 am until end of parade
  • All side streets and parking lots leading to Main Street will be closed at this time.
  • Hillside Drive from First Avenue South to Second Avenue North closed at 8:40 am until end of parade
  • First Avenue South from Hillside Drive to Ocean Blvd. closed at 8:40 am until end of parade
  • Parade road closures will reopen as soon as possible immediately following parade, approx. 11:10 am.
  • Click here for more information, including a map of streets impacted by the parade and festival.

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