March 15: Kelly’s 31st Annual Parade has four-footed theme

By on February 14, 2020

(Kelly Management Group)

The restaurant may be closed but the parade must go on. Mike Kelly’s 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off on Sunday March 15 at 1 p.m. in Nags Head. This year’s marshals are The Humane Society & Special Guest “Pigman” Bill Shaver. Both are working hard to end animal cruelty and not just for dogs and cats. Keep our furry friends in mind when planning your entry — and, of course, the color green.

The one-mile parade route runs from Bladen St. (MP 11.5) north to Driftwood St. on Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Road.). 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.

To participate as a parade entrant, an application will need to be submitted. Parade applications can be downloaded from  Contact Parade Director Mary Ann Newman or (252) 441-4116 to have an application sent to you or to volunteer along the parade route.

While it began as a way to break up the winter doldrums and to invigorate the community in preparation for the summer season, the parade has now grown to include over one-hundred entrants and is viewed by over eight thousand attendees — thus making it the largest St. Patrick’s Parade in North Carolina.

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