7th Annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival Mar 15

March 14, 2014 by SoWal Staff

The 7th Annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival is set to roll out on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The parade is the largest celebration in Northwest Florida of Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Day. You can expect over 50 floats and parade entries, in all shapes and sizes. Parade lineup begins at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 15 between Grayton Beach and Blue Mountain beach on Scenic 30a. The parade will then head four miles west, ending at Gulf Place, where the festivities continue. Registration deadline is March 13 by 6:00 p.m.
Festivalgoers will enjoy a wide array of arts and crafts, including jewelry, wood carving, and face painting. A variety of food and drinks will be available and commemorative t-shirts can be purchased.
Nationally recognized, Texas based Celtic Rock Band, Cleghorn, will headline the entertainment along with the Drake School of Irish Dance. Cleghorn is a Texas-based Celtic Rock band. They combine stadium rock with blues and folk influences laced with a strong Celtic brew. If you mixed ZZ Top with The Hobbit soundtrack, it might sound something like Cleghorn. Their music mixes original folk and rock songwriting with high-energy Celtic fiddle and bagpipe tunes. Their sound is based on traditional Celtic fiddle tunes, but they rock harder and play wilder shows with a fiddle and didgeridoo than most guitar-trashing contemporaries.
“The 7th Annual 30a St. Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival will be bigger than ever,” said Paul Vizard, event founder. The original mission to showcase local businesses and the area of 30a in NW Florida is being fulfilled in a greater manner than imagined.”
The perpetual trophy won last year by Kitchens Etc., will once again be awarded to the Best in Parade.  The Eco-friendly “green” prize award for the best electric/self powered or non-gas powered vehicle entry will also be awarded for the 2nd year running.
Become a sponsor and help support this great local community event. A few vendor tables and tent spaces are still available, and businesses are encouraged to be a sponsor. See parade information, registration and sponsorship opportunities at


The 7th Annual 30a St Patrick’s Parade and Festival is the largest celebration in NW Florida of Ireland’s St. Patrick’s day. The parade commences on Scenic 30a in NW Florida March 15th at 3.30 p.m. and ends at Gulf Place, where premier Irish Dancers and Celtic Bands perform through the evening.


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