Surfside Beach has a long standing and unique tradition that all visitors and residents look forward to each year. It’s our St. Patrick’s Day party and parade! It has been around for many years and it just gets bigger and bigger! The party, which is always 2 weeks before the parade, is held at Stahlman Park. It involves homemade Irish Stew, a little beer and a fabulous costume contest! The costume contest is for kids and adults, and the winners get to ride as honored guests in the parade.
The parade is a sight to see! About 100 residents and businesses dress in their finest green threads, and decorate their golf carts, cars, jeeps, or floats, while riding through the 1.5 hour parade. There are even people on horses! They throw candy and beads to the spectators. There is a contest for the best golf cart, jeep, group and float. Everyone goes ALL out to decorate their vehicle the fanciest they can. People all over the island have BBQ’s and parties. It is fun for all ages!
The island is packed with thousands of people, so they have to close the causeway during the parade. Our advice, book your rental early, get here early and don’t leave!
The party and costume contest is February 25~ 6pm at Stahlman Park and the parade starts at 10 am on March 11 near City Hall.