Everyone is Irish on St Patrick’s Day, and where better to be green than the 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival March 17. The parade kicks off on Scenic Hwy. 30A at 2 p.m. and the festival at 3 p.m. at Arnett’s Gulfside Farm and Stables on CR393 in Santa Rosa Beach. The entertainment after the parade will start with the Drake School of Irish dance, followed by an afternoon of Irish jigs and reels with The O’Mericans. There will be an array of activities for the kids and adults, including face painting, best dressed pet, Best Redhead (girl) Best pirate (boy), 30 ft. slides, live music by the O’Mericans, and more. Food vendors with traditional corned beef and cabbage and green beer will be available.
Ticket prices begin at – $10 for adults, kids are $5 each, kids 4 and under are free. Click here for tickets: www.30aparade.com.
The parade begins on Scenic Highway 30a and heads 4 miles west, ending at CR393 near Gulf Place. Walton County Commissioner Tony Anderson will be this year’s Grand Marshal.
The Best in Parade perpetual trophy is up for grabs for the best decorated car, trucks or floats, won last year by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation rentals. Festival goers can purchase commemorative T shirts, experience arts and crafts, kids activities, face painting, and of course a variety of food and drinks.