32nd Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

By on March 15, 2023

(Photo credit: Jeff Ballentine)

Dare Challenge to be this year’s marshalls

The Kelly’s 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Parade kicks off on Sunday March 19th at 1 pm in Nags Head.

The one-mile parade route runs from Bladen St. (MP 11.5) north to Driftwood St. on Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Rd.). 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 HERE. Or contact Parade Director Mary Ann Newman kellysobxcatering@gmail.com or (252) 441-4116 to have an application sent to you or to volunteer along the parade route.

What began as a way to break up the winter doldrums and to invigorate the community in preparation for the summer season, the parade has grown to include over one-hundred entrants and viewed by over eight thousand attendees, thus making it the largest St. Patrick’s Parade in North Carolina! See you on March 19th  Full of Spirit…….and GREEN!

This year’s Marshalls are Outer Banks Dare Challenge.

Their mission is to help people who have life-controlling problems, with a focus on alcohol and drug use issues. Dare Challenge endeavors to help people become mentally sound, emotionally balanced, socially adjusted, physically well & spiritually alive. They operate a Thrift store where the men continue their journey learning valuable work and interpersonal skills. In addition, the program provides for over 75% of the costs of the entire ministry.



26th Annual Walkathon in Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Calling all dog families, join Coastal Humane Society’s 26th Annual Walkathon at the Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 19th. This major fundraiser helps keep our mission alive. Pre-register and start sniffing out sponsors and retrieving donations. Meet at Bladen Beach Access at 12. Learn more and register at Coastal Humane Society.


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