Welcome to Hilton Head Ireland!

35 parades and marching on!

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade - Sunday, March 11th, 2018

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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.

Now's your chance, ENTER HERE.

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.

DOWNLOAD SPONSOR INFORMATION HERE.

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!

VOLUNTEER HERE!


We are proud to announce that the 35th Anniversary Grand Marshal is Dr. Emory Shaw Campbell!


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. 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 35 years - we remain the Islanders' welcome to spring and favorite event.


FLOAT AWARDS

Criteria

  • 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

Shamrock Award

Awarded to the Commercial Float with the Highest Points

Judges Award

Awarded to the Commercial Float with the 2nd Highest Points

Leprechaun Award

Awarded to the Homemade Float with the Highest Points

Irish Heritage Award

Awarded to the Homemade Float with the 2nd Highest Points

GRAND MARSHALS
2018 - Dr. Emory Shaw Campbell
2017 - Stephen G. Riley
2016 - Betsy Doughtie
2015 - Jane and Tom Upshaw
2014 - Dr. Neil Love
2013 - Brian Carmines
2012 - Tom Peeples
2011 - Heritage Foundation
2010 - Charles Perry
2009 - Dr. Jack McConnell
2008 - John F. Curry
2007 - Joseph B. Fraser, Jr.
2006 - The Honorable Sol Blatt, Jr.
2005 - Cartha “Deke” DeLoach
2004 - Peggy Warnke
2003 - Frank Simon
2002 - Reverend Isaac Wilborn
2001 - Jim Carlin
2000 - Charles E. Fraser
1999 - Paula Harper Bethea
1998 - Randy McGarvey
1997 - Dr. Paul and Gerry Doerring
1996 - Tony Poythress
1995 - Henry Driessen
1994 - Charlotte Heinrichs
1993 - Thomas D. (Tom) Reilley, Jr.
1992 - Joe Capin
1991 - Gene Martin
1990 - Samuel J. Hunter
1989 - Governor Carroll Campbell
1988 - Thomas D. “Pop” Reilley, Sr.
THANK YOU FRIENDS OF THE PARADE:
The Drydock Seafood & Spirits
Express Restaurant Delivery
June CPA
Lowcountry Finishes
Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar
Seacoast Insurance
USCB Hilton Head Island