BE IN THE PARADE!
BUSINESSES • NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Gather your group and join the Hilton Head Ireland St. Patrick's Day parade! Floats, boats, trucks, cars, bikes, golf carts - people, horses, dogs - all are welcome! If you need a large float, please consider our local suppliers. All entries compete for five different awards.
SPONSOR THE PARADE!
YES. WE NEED YOU.
Opportunities to support the Hilton Head Ireland St. Patrick's Day Parade are available at every level. We need your help to continue this great family-friendly event with free attendance for everyone.
BE A PARADE VOLUNTEER!
WE CAN'T DO IT ALONE.
From helping line-up the entries in the parade, to keeping kids safe, to carrying banners for the parade, pipe and drum bands and award winning entries - there's a spot for you and your St. Patrick's Day enthusiasm!
Founded in 1983 by local business icon Tom Reilley and a few friends and family, the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade has grown to become one of Hilton Head Island’s most beloved and popular annual events, and is South Carolina’s oldest parade! Upwards of 25,000 spectators (in a town of approximately 40,000 permanent residents) line Pope Avenue each spring to enjoy floats and marching groups representing local businesses and charities, high school and university marching bands, the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Parris Island, pipe and drum bands, a procession of local dignitaries, and the always popular Shriners with their hilarious antics.
Over the years the Parade has also featured the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, military jet flyovers, the Planter's Peanut Nutmobile with Mr. Peanut, the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, and Nashville recording star Michelle Murray among other special attractions. Our parade was recognized in 2002 as one of the Top 20 Tourism Events in the Southeast. This is a wonderful honor and our community is very proud! In 2013 the Parade received a commendation from Hilton Head Island’s Town Council in celebration of its 30th anniversary. Now, after many years - we remain the Islanders' welcome to spring and favorite event.
Displays creativity in planning and design
Uses a variety of materials
Provides an entertaining display
Displays continuity of design and costuming
Depicts Irish heritage or motif
Grand Marshal Award
Awarded to the Float with the Highest Points Overall
Awarded to the Commercial Float with the Highest Points
Awarded to the Commercial Float with the 2nd Highest Points
Awarded to the Homemade Float with the Highest Points
Irish Heritage Award
Awarded to the Homemade Float with the 2nd Highest Points