36th annual Hilton Head Saint Patrick’s Day parade

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Tens of thousands in the Lowcountry celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with a family-friendly parade. Hilton Head Island was packed Sunday with local businesses, charities and schools all showing off their green. 

Click here to watch the full HHI St. Patrick’s Day parade. 

Every year, fanfare brings tens of thousands to Hilton Head Island for Saint Patrick’s Day. Many people are from out of town. 

“We heard Hilton Head is absolutely beautiful and we heard there was a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and we wanted to attend it,” said Julie Ceeley, who is visiting from Syracuse. 

The 36th annual parade took over Pope Avenue. Grand Marshal David Lauderdale led trucks, marching bands, a chicken man and a giant wiener truck. 

“It’s absolutely great. The hot dogs, the Mr. Peanut. Everything is so great. It’s so hospitable here,” said Ceeley. 

WSAV’s Tina Tyus-Shaw, Ben Senger, Ben Katko, Alysa Carsley, Kyle Dennis and Kris Allred rode on a float and waved to people who lined the streets. 

A turtle and young girl’s sweet embrace reminds us the parade is for the kids. They love racing each other for candy. 

Their parents say it’s about tradition. Some sit in the same spot every year. Others — like Fay Donovan — bring the same 55-year-old bow tie. 

All agree family is most important on Saint Patrick’s Day. 

“We’re here to enjoy the parade and then go home and eat some corned beef,” said Loretta Balbi. “We just want to be with family and have a fun day.” 

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