Caught this great reminder in the Virginia Pilot. Don’t forget to volunteer to participate.
Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Parade will be held March 18 at 1 p.m. beginning at Bladen Street in Nags Head and going Virginia Dare Trail one mile north to Driftwood Street.
The parade draws about 10,000 spectators and nearly 2,000 participants, said parade director Mary Ann Newman.
“We advertise it as the biggest parade in North Carolina,” she said.
Restaurant owner Mike Kelly and others started the event in 1990 as an off-season attraction. Parade participants are mostly local, but some groups from Hampton Roads and inland North Carolina join in, Newman said.
The parade theme will be “Red, White and Blue … with a splash of Green” and will honor Ernie Bridgers of South Nags Head, who died last year.
Bridgers was known as the Grand Poobah of South Nags Head White Trash, a band formed to march in the parade, according to a news release from parade organizers. For many years, Bridgers led the group’s beach chair drill team and kazoo band in the parade and was a crowd favorite, the release said. His group won best overall entrant for seven years in a row.
A panel of judges will score entrants on the use of the parade theme in the categories of best overall, best float, best unit and best music group. Prizes will be awarded following the parade.
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