Ocean City will be glistening in green as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, sponsored by the Delmarva Irish-American Club, marches down Coastal Highway on Saturday, March 14. This Ocean City tradition, which began in 1980, has grown to become the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the state, in addition to becoming a seasonal kick-off for many local businesses.
The procession begins at noon at 57th Street and marches south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center, where the viewing and judging stands will be located.
The 45th Street Shopping Center will be once again transformed into a spirited Irish festival complete with live entertainment, Irish apparel and plenty of food and drink. Spectators can enjoy the free-admission festival beginning at 11 a.m. and running until 3 p.m.
The Delmarva Irish-American Club was founded in 1980. The first membership drive resulted in 75 members; today, the membership totals more than 300 and is open to anyone who is Irish, of Irish descent or just likes things Irish. The club has awarded approximately $300,000 for scholarships to local students from the proceeds of previous parades.
For more information, visit www.delmarvairish.org or contact Buck Mann at 410-289-6156.