While the Covid-19 pandemic has put a damper on many holidays and celebrations over the past year, safe St. Patrick’s Day festivities will still occur in Ocean City, Maryland, despite some changes. If you are looking for an escape, there is no shortage of fun at the beach.
Princess Bayside Hotel
Due to the cancellation of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Princess Bayside Hotel, which is typically right in the middle of all the action, is getting creative to bring guests down to the ocean. As always, the hotel closed for the offseason and is gearing up for a big reopening in March.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Princess Bayside is hosting a scavenger hunt for its adult guests. The hunt will start at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, and last all day, taking visitors to numerous Ocean City bars and restaurants. When people arrive at each location, they will receive a new clue and are encouraged to tag the hotel in a social media post. At the end of the hunt, people must drop off their completed clue cards to enter into a grand prize drawing, which will take place the following week on Facebook Live.
Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the town’s bus service to travel to each location safely. Along with supporting the hotel, the hunt will include many Ocean City restaurants, which have suffered tremendously due to pandemic restrictions.
“This is the first year we are doing the hunt, but we hope this twist will bring in a lot of new faces for St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said Danielle Rickett, Director of Sales at the Princess Bayside Hotel. “We came up with our own creative way to entice people, and hope to see everyone enjoying a break and relief after this past year. There is plenty of space in Ocean City to spread out in the offseason, and we look forward to helping out many restaurants in need.”
Rickett expects the weather to play a significant factor in last-minute reservations. While it is surely too far out to be certain, current forecasts project temperatures in the mid-50s for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, which would be great for tourism – and strolls down the Boardwalk!
Rates start at $116 per night at the Princess Bayside Hotel. Click here for more details.
St. Patrick’s Day At Shenanigan’s
Ocean City is home to countless spectacular restaurants, but the best spot in town on St. Patrick’s Day is undoubtedly Shenanigan’s. For an Irish Pub, this holiday is their New Year’s Eve! Though the celebration will be different, the holiday will not go unrecognized.
“St. Patrick’s Day 2021 will be a limited and restricted celebration. We are still operating at lower capacity restrictions, but still hope for 125 people having a great time,” said Greg Shockley, owner of Shenanigan’s Irish Pub.
The restaurant will officially reopen on Thursday, March 11, and continue with festivities throughout the weekend. People can eat indoors and also outdoors in a tent, with no closure on the sides. For the first time ever, Shenanigan’s is attempting a walk-up carryout operation on the Boardwalk, and people can eat at tables outside or even sit on the sand. James Gallagher & Off the Boat will provide live entertainment.
St. Patrick’s Day weekend is always paramount for Shenanigan’s, and 2021 is no different. “This weekend is always big for us and helps to manage our winter expenses. I know I cannot accomplish numbers I have in the past, but we need to celebrate and keep going,” explained Shockley. “People can still come out and enjoy themselves, listen to Irish music, drink a pint of Guinness, and hear the bagpipes. We have to start finding ways to have fun, and St. Patrick’s Day can be the start of returning to normalcy in Ocean City.”
Shenanigan’s opens at 3:00 p.m. on March 11, 11:00 a.m. on March 12, and 9:00 a.m. on March 13. Click here for more information.
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Seacrets St. Patrick’s Day party kicks off on Saturday, March 13 at 11:00 a.m. and runs until 2:00 a.m. The Ocean City hotspot will offer a special Irish menu and live entertainment all day. High Five Swan Dive starts playing at 12:30 p.m. on the Tiki Stage, followed by Lima Bean Riot Due at 5:00 p.m. In the Nite Club, Stealing Savannah Duo takes the stage at 1:00 p.m., followed by Kono Nation Duo at 5:30 p.m.
Seacrets is also offering a new t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day 2021, which is now available for presale only. Click here to purchase your shirt.
Stay tuned for more St. Patrick’s Day fun as the holiday gets closer!
Pickles Pub also plans to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. On March 13, Pickles Pub will be open for “good food, good drinks, and good times.” Live entertainment includes beats by Styler, Casper, and Dutch.
Visitors to Ocean City can stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott Ocean City, and attend Tour de Ireland, a food and whiskey pairing event in the afternoon on Saturday, March 13th. The event features four Irish appetizers and four Irish whiskeys. The event is open to the public and costs $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door. For two nights, the hotel rate is $149 per night and for a one night stay, $199 per night. Special guest packages for the hotel include two tickets to the event. Click here to purchase tickets.
Cancellation of St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Although St. Patrick’s Day essentially marks one year since the pandemic took over life in the United States, the country has yet to fully return to normal. In late January, the Delmarva Irish-American Club canceled the Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the second year in a row.
“Many of our participants, including our own Stephen Decatur High School marching band, would be unable to participate, and the club believes that we must put the health, safety, and welfare of our community first,” said Parade Co-Chair Buck Mann.
First organized in 1980, the procession typically kicks off at 60th Street and continues south to the 45thStreet Shopping Center. Select marching units and floats are usually judged and awarded prizes, out of a total of 100 entries. Organizers also pride themselves in giving back to the community and have awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships over the years.
Make sure to set your calendars for March 12, 2022, when the annual parade will undoubtedly return. Organizers already promise their biggest parade in event history.