Ocean City, Maryland 2018 – Ocean City will be glowing in green as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, sponsored by the Delmarva Irish-American Club, marches down Coastal Highway on Saturday, March 17, beginning at noon. The procession begins at 57th Street and marches south to the 45th Street Shopping Center, where the viewing and judging stands will be. Trophies will be awarded for best marching band, best commercial float, best non-commercial float, best motorized unit, best adult marching unit, best youth marching unit, special committee award, judges’ choice award and best overall entry in the parade.
This Ocean City tradition, which began in 1980, has grown to become the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the state, in addition to becoming a seasonal kick-off for many local businesses.
In addition to the celebration on the street, the 45th Street Shopping Center will be once again be transformed into a spirited Irish festival complete with live entertainment from Pat O’Brennan, Irish apparel and plenty of food and drink. Spectators can enjoy the free-admission festival beginning at 11 a.m. The festival ends at 3 p.m.
To avoid traffic delays, viewers are urged to arrive before 10:30 a.m. and to view the parade from 57th Street south to 45th Street.
Local NBC affiliate WRDE and the Delmarva Irish-American Club are again partnering to broadcast the annual parade and festival on March 17, including a live stream at www.wrde.com, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. Cozi TV will rebroadcast the parade on Sunday, March 18, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. WRDE can be found on channel 9 or 809 on cable; channel 31 on DirecTV and Dish, and over the air at 31.1. Cozi is on Comcast channel 204, Mediacom channel 99, and DTV channel 31.2.