The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North Carolina takes place right here on the Outer Banks. Some 1,500 people participate in the parade, and an average of 8,000 people line the sides of NC 12 along the “greenest mile” in the Tar Heel state.
This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2016 starting at 1:00 PM.
The Outer Banks is famous for its beaches, surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, boating, and fishing; it’s also the ideal place to run a marathon, fly a kite or go hang-gliding. This year’s celebration will highlight the many ways people recreate on the Outer Banks, it’s also about the “wearing of the green” in celebration of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
Parade starts at 1:00 PM at milepost 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen Street and Virginia Dare Trail, and continues north to Driftwood Street.
Following the parade, there will be a celebration at Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern in Nags Head featuring live music, awards and honors and free hot dogs while supplies last! There will of course be plenty of Guinness and other Irish beer to quench your thirst.
Since this year’s theme is Outer Banks recreation, Kitty Hawk Kites along with Outer Banks Sporting Events and Dare County Parks & Recreation will be serving as the grand marshals of this year’s parade. Be sure to look for us on the parade route!