Who doesn’t like a good parade? Think about it, what’s not to like? When the time to celebrate comes along, you make your way to the parade route, post up, and watch the floats and marchers as they pass, maybe catch some candy or other goodies that they throw out, and generally enjoy the show and happiness that everyone in attendance is sharing. Parades are times for celebration, and Myrtle Beach is nothing if it’s not a great place to celebrate. You’re away from home, work, and whatever else you left behind, so if you’re here for St. Paddy’s Day or July 4th weekend, why not check out some of the local festivities?
North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Festival and Parade
Tens of thousands of people show up for this North Myrtle Beach celebration, whether they’re Irish or not! This rain-or-shine event is complete with marching bands, civic groups, local businesses, live music, a children’s area, and over 150 vendors. Better wear something green!
Murrells Inlet Boat Parade
There aren’t many more scenic and fun ways to celebrate our nation’s independence than to hang out on the MarshWalk and watch the decorated boats float by. Each year has its own theme (“Saluting out Founding Fathers,” “Palmetto Pride – Inlet Tide”) and prizes are handed out to the most festive boats. And when the parade is over and you’re good and hungry, stick around and enjoy some fresh seafood and hush puppies at one of the area’s great restaurants.
Intracoastal Christmas Regatta
This boat parade on the Intracoastal Waterway takes place on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, and features some of the area’s best boats decked out with Christmas decorations. The best places to view the procession from dry land is in one of the numerous restaurants that line the Waterway, or at a marina or landing along the route. Attendees are also strongly encouraged to bring a toy for disadvantaged children.
Sun Fun Parade
The Sun Fun Festival Parade took a break for a while, but it is back in action in Myrtle Beach! This parade takes place on Ocean Bouelvard in downtown Myrtle Beach as part of the Sun Fun Festival. Parade floats include local stores and attractions as well as fire trucks, pageant winners, and much more.
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