This annual parade is one of the largest St. Patrick’s parades in North Carolina and a true Outer Banks tradition for the whole family! The 31st Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 1 pm at MP 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen Street and South Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Road) and typically continues north to Driftwood Street. However, due to stormwater improvement work in the 2400 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, the parade will terminate at Admiral Street where a traffic light at the street’s intersection with South Croatan Highway will provide a safer means of departing the area.
An esteemed panel of judges will score entrants on the use of the parade theme in the following categories: Best Overall; Best Float; Best Unit; and Best Band/Music group. Prizes will be awarded following the parade.