For Kelly’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Outer Banks, evidently the 30th time is the charm. This year’s parade had everything. A little bit of whimsy, some very good marching bands, leprechauns, lots of green and a big crowd.
The route was a bit shorter than usual because of roadwork that Nags Head was doing, but there was still so much packed into the day that nothing was lacking.
Anyone expecting to see some minute by minute planned event like they run in cities…well they’ll be disappointment. The Outer Banks version of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is remarkable reflection of the Outer Banks.
A Day of Fun and Community at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Outer Banks
It’s fun and funny and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Outer Banks is designed to include anyone and everyone in the community who wants to participate.
There is the juggling unicyclist who also plays trumpet. The Outer Banks SPCA is always on hand, their dogs decked out in Kelly green. Fire trucks galore. Antique cars. A couple of marching bands and if a business wants to participate, pay your fee, put some green on the truck and be sure to throw some candy to the kids who line the route.
Mike Kelly advertises the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Outer Banks as the largest in the state. It may or may not be, but it is certainly the most fun.
There is another big event coming up at the end of this month. The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is a must do happening. Held this year at the last weekend in March, Thursday through Friday, March 28-31, it offers a wonderful opportunity to get to know the chefs, the cuisine and a little bit of the geography of the Outer Banks.
Two big events sort of bookend the Taste of the Beach. On Friday, look for the BBQ and Wings Cookoff and on Sunday the Chefs Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash. Both events will be at the Nags Head Event Site.