Leading the parade and bundled up for the cold. The 28th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins.

The show must go on. That seemed to be the mantra for the 28th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Nags Head.

Yes, it was cold. Yes, the wind was off the ocean out of the northeast; and yes, the sun didn’t peep out until the parade was almost done. But at least it didn’t snow—which the forecast was calling for up until three days ago.

As Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades go it was a pretty low-key affair. The crowd was pretty small. At the beginning of the parade, Mike surveyed what he was seeing and mentioned it might be the smallest crowd since his first.

But all of the elements of a great St. Patty’s Day parade were there…the marching dogs, the marching bands, lots and lots of floats, some antique cars and just about every business on the Outer Banks.

The sun did come out although it waited until the parade was almost over. Not that it made much difference. It was still pretty cold.

But as parades go, Kelly’s Parade is pretty special. A little bit of craziness, a lot of green and then everyone gets to head over to Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern for free hotdogs and some entertainment. Not a bad way to spend a day at all.