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St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year!!!

By Beach Cove

Here’s a list of the top 10 places to celebrate the holiday on the Grand Strand, ranked from north to south for your convenience so you can hit as many as you can. Good (Irish) luck:

10) Get the party started early at the 24th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in North Myrtle Beach. Crowds line Main Street at 9 a.m. as the floats and convertibles ride by and wave and throw out candy, so this is one of the few kid-friendly events on the Strand. Live music, food booths and, of course, green beer are available from vendors.

9) Just crawling distance away from the parade is one of the best Irish pubs on the Strand - Flynn’s Irish Tavern, formerly known as The Pale. Owned by an Irish family, Flynn’s offers authentic draft beer from all over the U.K., but the Guinness will be flowing for this celebration, which features great Irish food like Shepherd’s pie and live Irish music.

8) Also on the north end of the Grand Strand, residents of Little River flock to Pat and Mike’s Irish Pub for a full day of good food, beer, music and times. Pat and Mike’s rolls out authentic Irish music for this occasion and serves up its usual tasty Irish dishes. But the main course for this holiday is green beer, as it should be.

7) Working our way south, one of the best St. Paddy’s Day celebrations on the Strand can be found at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub on Lake Arrowhead Road. This place puts on the party every year, with the crowds usually spilling out onto the porch and the parking lot. Lots of good food and cold beer are on tap and live music for those lucky enough to get a seat inside.

6) The next stop on our Tour de Strand is Broadway at the Beach, where all the clubs of Celebrity Square and beyond will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day into the next morning. Pub-crawl your way around the usual bars of Celebrity Square, like Froggy Bottom’s, Malibu’s, Sharkey’s and Crocodile Rocks, and check out some new hot spots like Carlos and Charlie’s, the Tilted Kilt and Wet Willie’s.

5) Downtown Conway has gotten into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit and will again this year with the second annual Gathering of the Green at the Conway Farmers Market. The event begins at 5 p.m. and will feature live music, a costume contest and other entertainment for the whole family. In addition to the good food and fun, of course, green beer will be on tap. It’s worth the trip to Conway.

4) The newest St. Paddy’s party to the Grand Strand scene has quickly become one of the biggest. The third annual Downtown Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Celebration has become one of the biggest block parties of the year, with Ocean Boulevard being closed for food, beer and dancing in the streets. This year’s headliner, Rusted Root, is sure to induce plenty of the latter. There’s also an alcohol-free kids’ zone featuring rides and games.

3) Next on our venture south is another growing celebration is the third annual Irish Fest. Held in Valor Park at The Market Common, this festival features Irish food, beer and entertainment as well as lots of activities for the kids. Best of all, patrons can walk (or crawl) a short distance to more St. Paddy’s Day parties at Market Common’s many bars and restaurants.

2) Another newcomer to the Strand has quickly become one of the can’t-miss places to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. O’Keefe’s Irish Pub gets the indoor/outdoor festivities started before anyone else on the Strand with its “Kegs and Eggs” party bright and early at 9 a.m., followed by a full day of Irish food, beer and music. Last year’s inaugural event was a blast, but not necessarily memorable.

1) Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in true Lowcountry style at the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk. This walkway along the inlet allows patrons to pub crawl to restaurants and bars located up and down the Marsh Walk, including the Dead Dog Saloon, Bubba’s Love Shack, Creek Ratz and Drunken Jack’s. Relax by the waterfront, enjoy the live music and drink in the green beer.

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