Charleston is a destination that is rich in history and heritage. It’s one of the best-preserved cities in the South, surviving wars, weather, and the passage of time. Visitors to the city can enjoy a variety of activities from sneaking a peek at one of the city’s famous “secret gardens” to sunbathing on the pristine beaches of Sullivan's Island.
The St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade has been the cornerstone of Charleston’s St. Patrick's Day activities for the past 14 years. The family friendly Block Party takes place on March 11, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Olde Village in North Charleston (on East Montague Avenue near Park Circle). The day begins with a parade that winds down East Montague Avenue, thru the block party, and ends at Virginia Avenue. Local high school bands, The Charleston Police Pipe & Drum Band, and various local groups will participate in the parade. At the block party, live music is performed on three stages, while a street market features a variety of local vendors. A Kid’s Zone with games, activities, a jump castle, and more ensures fun for all ages. We got the chance to interview Ann Simmons, Deputy Director of the North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Program, to talk about this St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
AS: The St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade has been going since 2003. We are celebrating our 14th year in 2017!
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
AS: We expect between 15,000 and 20,000 attendees.
RAL: What is the typical demographic makeup of the event?
AS: This is the ideal St. Patrick’s Day celebration for all ages.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
AS: We have the largest St. Patrick’s Day event in the Lowcountry.
RAL: Take me through the activities of a day at the event.
AS: The celebration features:
Live music on three stages
Mechanical bull ride
Art & Craft vendors featuring local artisans
Kid’s Zone with jump castles
RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?
AS: Local musicians and Mayor of North Charleston, R. Keith Summey
RAL: What will patrons find for dining options?
AS: Food trucks will be serving a variety of food options, and there are plenty of independently owned restaurants along the street where the festivities take place
RAL: What is the overall environment like?
AS: Festive! This is an outdoor event with alcohol.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
AS: North Charleston has a multitude of hotel options, especially since the airport is located here
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
AS: Yes, attendees spend money at a variety of local shops, restaurants, and more.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
AS: East Montague Avenue is the place to be to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Lowcountry – great music, food, and activities. It’s fun for the whole family, and best of all, it’s FREE.
For more information about the St. Paddy’s Day Block Party & Parade, please visit the event website.