Coastal Humane Society marching in Kelly's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Coastal Humane Society marching in Kelly’s St. Patricks Day Parade.

Kelly’s St. Patricks Day Parade is going to the dogs…and cats. See it for yourself Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on the Beach Road in Nags Head. The Grand Marshall for the 31st Annual Kelly’s St. Patricks Day Parade is Coastal Humane Society of the Outer Banks.

The Coastal Humane Society has been around for 22 years and have been helping people spay and neuter their pets. It is a well-deserved honor for an organization that has been a regular at the Parade since it’s founding.

Every year, when we write about how whacky and wonderful the Kelly’s Saint Patricks Day Parade is we write about the dogs and how much fun the dogs and the dog walkers seem to be having. A lot of that is Coastal Humane Society.

Even though Coastal Humane Society works with all pets to make sure they are vaccinated and getting the care they need, don’t look for any cats in the parade. It’s a rare cat indeed that will let anyone put a leash on it.

What to Expect

For those who have witnessed Mike Kelly’s Parade in the past—they know it’s an amazing spectacle. For those who have never seen it before…this is one parade that should be on the bucket list.

It is as much a celebration of St. Patrick and Irish traditions in our country as it is a celebration of the Outer Banks.

There is the pushmepullya car. The unicycle riding, trumpet play jugular. Hopefully the South Nags Head White Trash Marching Band & Beach Chair Drill Team will be back, beating a marching cadence on their trash can drums.

There are antique cars and real marching bands. Floats and candy for kids.

It is a wonderful day. Rain or shine.

How to dress—it can get cold that close to the Atlantic Ocean in March. But then the sun may come out. Be prepared.

Any time is a wonderful time to visit the Outer Banks. Plan your stay with the Brindley Beach Vacations.