Mike Kelly announces 2022 St. Patrick’s Parade

By on November 29, 2021

Event returns after two-year COVID hiatus

After two years of having to cancel due to COVID-19, Kelly’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be back on in 2022. Parade Founder Mike Kelly, who has hosted the popular event for three decades, said the parade will be held on March 20 at 1 p.m. He added that more details about this year’s parade will be released after Jan. 1.

“I think this year is going to be an outstanding parade,” Kelly told the Voice in a phone interview. “I think we’ll end up getting good participation, and I think that people are so wanting to be out amongst each other.

Grand marshals for this year’s parade will be the Coastal Humane Society and The Outer Banks Hospital, both celebrating 20-year anniversaries. The one-mile parade route along Virginia Dare Trail begins at Bladen Street at Milepost 11.5 and runs north to Driftwood Street.

In the past, the parade has regularly drawn between 8,000 and 10,000 participants and attendees and is considered one of North Carolina’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. In 2020, Kelly made the determination to cancel the parade a few days before the event because of the rapidly spreading virus and emerging state restrictions. Last year, Kelly again announced in January that the 2021 parade would again have to be postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

One of the Outer Banks’ iconic restauranteurs, Kelly closed the last of his three restaurants, Mako’s Beach Grille + Bar in Kill Devil Hills late last month after it was sold to Dare County earlier in the year. In 2019, the Dare County Tourism Board approved the purchase of Kelly’s Nags Head restaurant, Pamlico Jack’s. Kelly’s signature Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern, also in Nags Head, was bought by German-based grocer Lidl in 2017. He still operates his Outer Banks Catering business.






County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


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