St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans in Ocean City, MD

Posted On: 3/2/18

Every year, locals and visitors are drawn to Ocean City, Maryland to celebrate all of the much anticipated St. Patrick’s Day festivities.  Now that it is finally March, we wanted to let you guys in on all of the cool events that are happening around town.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival

This is easily one of Ocean City’s premier events. Thousands of people line the streets in all green every March 17th to watch as floats, bands, local celebrities, and more make their way down Coastal Highway to 44th Street throwing out plenty of goodies for all.

Similar to last year, the parade will begin at noon on 57th Street and head towards the Gold Coast Shopping Center where judge stands are located.  Participants can expect trophies to be awarded for Best Marching Band, Best Commercial Float, Best Non-Commercial Float, Best Motorized Unit, Best Adult Marching Unit, Best Youth Marching Unit, and more.

It is encouraged that attendees arrive before 10:30 am in order to find parking. Oh, and don’t fret if you aren’t able to make it to town. You will be able to check out live coverage of the parade and festival on right from home!

In addition to the parade, the annual Ocean City Irish festival will be held at 45th Street Village from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live entertainment from Kevin O’Brennan, the Shoreline Band, and Irish apparel.  Admission to the event is free, and there will be delicious food as well as drink options available for purchase.

St.Patty’s Day Boardwalk 5K

With an incredible turnout last year of over 1,200 participants, Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille is thrilled to be hosting another St. Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 5K race in 2018. Click Here for 2017 Race Results. This year the 5 Kilometer race will begin at 9:00 am on the OCMD Boardwalk at 4th Street directly behind Shenanigans Irish Pub.

Race Fees

  • $30.00 thru Feb. 25th $40.00 from Feb 26th to race day. Race fee includes: 
  • 5K race
  • Event runners style tech shirt
  • Race finishers ribbon
  • One Guinness drink ticket redeemable at Shenanigans Irish Pub (only for runners 21 years old and up)
  • Post-race awards ceremony
  • Post-race music and refreshments at Shenanigans Irish Pub

This race is open to the public. For more information on how to enter click here.

Harpoon Hannah’s Restaurant: Featuring Artist Dave Sherman

Dave Sherman, a live entertainment performer who specializes in tunes from the Baby Boomer era is also performing this St. Patrick’s Day from 6 to 10 p.m. at Harpoon Hanna’s located on Rt. 54 & the Bay, Fenwick Island, DE. Sherman is an expert on entertaining a beach crowd as he has performed at many popular Ocean City locations including BJ’s on the Water, The Caribbean Pool Bar-Plim Plaza Hotel, and The Jungle Bar.

Do you Fancy Irish Food & Drinks? Ocean City has Plenty to Choose From!

Duffy’s Tavern

What better way is there to celebrate Irish heritage than by tasting traditional cuisine?  Duffy’s Tavern is commonly known to be a hot-spot for individuals seeking traditional American food with a unique collection of Irish dishes.  Located on 130th and Coastal Highway, Their menu includes Irish favorites such as:

  • Corned Beef & Cabbage
  • Homemade Irish Soda Bread
  • Shepherd’s Pie (Lamb) or Cottage Pie (Filet Tips)

Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grille          

Along with the race, the restaurant is preparing for a number of foodies to try fan favorites such as their Emerald Isle Crab Tots, Seared Ahi, and Brisket with Grits.

Located at 309 N. Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD, this high-energy pub with modern twists continues to earn rave reviews online. Of course, with amazing food, guests also need amazing drinks!

Well, they have you covered there too offering customers an extensive draft/Irish beer menu. With nightly entertainment, delicious food options, beach views, and an excellent beer collection, this Irish Pub is a must-visit location this holiday!

So, what are you waiting for? Make plans to march on over to Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival with your family & friends! For more events and entertainment happening on in town March 17th visit

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