Thousands expected for North Charleston St. Paddy's Day Party

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Eleven years later, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in North Charleston is still going strong.

Saturday, hundreds lined the street along Park Circle for an afternoon parade, among thousands expected to take part in a day-long block party.

"It's something for the whole family," said North Charleston Councilman Bob King.

"People are coming together to enjoy one another's company."

The celebration featured live music, street vending, and a kid's zone.  Irish Pub owners Robert Spencer and Stephen O'Connor of Madra Rua helped jumpstart the event, which has now grown to include sponsorship from the city of North Charleston, among others.

"Everybody needs to loosen up a little bit, and nobody knows how to do that better than the Irish," Spencer said.

"It gets everybody to have fun for at least one day. Hopefully they can carry that on for the rest of the year," he added.

Spencer and O'Connor also served as parade grand marshals.

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