30A St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival Mar 18

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  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Mark your calendar, get your green stuff ready, sign up for the parade if you want to roll, and check out sponsor and vendor opportunities...

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    The 10th Annual 30A St Patrick’s Parade and Festival returns to South Walton on Saturday, March 18! The parade along Scenic 30A will join the day's celebration at Gulf Place where everyone's Irish for a day! Celtic rock bands, Irish dancing, food and drink, and activities for the whole family including the pups. Headliner: Whiskey of the Damned! Tickets are available now and sign up if you want to roll in the St. Patrick's Day Parade.

    St Patrick's official day might be the 17 this year but our St Patrick's celebration is taking place on March 18.

    Described as a “Mini Savannah” the largest St Patrick’s celebration in Northwest Florida kicks off with the parade at 2pm followed by the festival at 3pm at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. The presenting sponsor is ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals.

    The festival will have a special tour visit by Dublin born lead singer Eoin McCarthy and Whiskey of the Damned Celtic rock band. Already likened to “The Pogues” this band is sure to rock Gulf Place with their raucus range of Irish music.

    Ticket prices begin at – $10 for adults, kids are $5 each and VIP $22.50 each, kids under 4 are free. Available now at www.30aparade.com Sponsor and vendor spaces also available on the website.

    30A St Patrick's Day Parade starts at 2pm
    Festival starts at 3pm at Gulf Place

    Read more at SoWal.com/EVENTS: St Patrick's Day Parade.

    SoWal.com Photo Gallery: St Patrick's Day Parade 2015

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  2. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Everybody's Irish For a Day! Saturday March 18 is the 30A St Patrick's Day Parade and Festival at Gulf Place...

    FESTIVAL UPDATE!

    The 10th Annual St Patrick’s Parade and Festival, the largest of its kind in NW Florida, has an added feature this year. Along with the Irish bands, face painting, and of course, green beer, each ticket holder is entered into a drawing for a plot of land in North East Ireland.
    Supplied by Emerald Heritage, the estate is situated in Glendun, Ireland, which is seventh of the 9 famous Glens Of Antrim and officially designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Ireland. The Glens Of Antrim are one of the Ireland’s gems, where rugged, awe-inspiring coastline fuses with deep, hushed valleys. Some of the television show “Game of Thrones” was filmed in this area.
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    A personalized Master Title Deed will be included in the winning package along with official legal deed and documentation of land ownership. “The Protection And Enhancement Of The Irish Landscape Is The Primary Goal Of Emerald Heritage”

    The largest St Patrick’s celebration in NW Florida takes place March 18th at Gulf Place and on 30a with the parade and festival. Defuniak Springs Mayor Bob Campbell will be this year’s Grand Marshal.
     
  3. captgee

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    This was my first St. Patrick's Day Parade on 30A. Sorry, I can not truthfully say anything good about the small fiasco. It was not anything to do with the floats or their participants. The permits end, somehow left everyone hanging, by severe restrictions placed on the floats! The floats could not be run in line together, they must allow regular traffic get in! The floats were told that they could not throw any items! Traffic was not stopped, which meant only the north side of 30A was safe for the public. Hopefully, this will not happen again!
     
  4. Jimmy T

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    The parade did not go well this year for whatever reason... Sad. Hopefully next year will be better.
     
  5. Jerry Lewis

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    Damn leprechauns!
     
  6. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    I heard the parade permits were not in hand for whatever reason and so they had to wing it by not having a parade but still driving down the road separately. But the festival was a blast. Sometimes things don't go according to plan. It's a fun local tradition and I am sure it will be back and ready to roll next year.

    See SoWal photo gallery: St Patrick's Day 2017 (The Bay, Gulf Place St Patrick's Festival): photos by SoWal photog Molly Parker.

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