Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2020 CANCELLED
With the parade cancelled, please know that the Town of Ocean City and surrounding area is open for business. We at OceanCity.com are watching for any updates, but at this point, any other activities and businesses are still open.
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 14, beginning at noon. The procession begins at 60th 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.
Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Tradition
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. The parade includes over 100 entries from three states.
Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshals
Leading the parade are Grand Marshals The Delmarva Irish American Club. Featuring the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipe Band and the Ocean City Pipe and Drum Band, the St. Patrick’s Parade brings the sounds of Ireland to the streets of Ocean City. Also participating are local high school marching bands plus numerous festively decorated floats sponsored by local businesses, groups and organizations.
Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Festival
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 O’Brennan Trio, 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.
The town of Ocean City is offering a live feed of the parade here.
Drinks on St. Patrick’s Day
Here are recommendations from local craft breweries. Let us know if you have a favorite.