N. Charleston prepares for St. Paddy's Day parade

N. Charleston prepares for St. Paddy's Day parade

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston will get a three-day head start on St. Patrick's Day with its annual festival and parade on Saturday.

The event is one of the largest in the Lowcountry to celebrate all things Irish.

The parade kicks off the festival in Park Circle at noon on Park Place East, adjacent to East Montague Avenue and across from the Park Circle Community Center.

North Charleston City Councilman Bob King will serve as Grand Marshall, and Mayor Keith Summey, The Music Battery, The Charleston Police Pipe & Drum Band and other groups will participate.

The block party will also include three stages of live music, great vendors, face painting, jump castles and more. The celebration will be located on East Montague between Virginia and Jenkins Avenues.

The live music line-up includes McGurk's Folly featuring Michael Wolk, Pete Ledbetter and Mark Schuler on the Family Zone stage; The Three Dudes, Alice & I and DJ KY at the Cheerwine Stage at the Sparrow; and Karl Byrne, Don Merckle & the Blacksmiths and Axus at the Guinness Stage at Madra Rua, according to the event's Facebook page.

The festival runs until 7 p.m.

East Montague Avenue will close between Virginia and Jenkins Avenues beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday for setup. The road will remain closed until 8 p.m. East Montague between Park Place East and Jenkins Avenue will close at 11:30 a.m. and remain closed for the duration of the parade.

Organizers recommend people leave pets at home because of the large crowd expected.

The party, parade and parking are all free, but parking spaces are limited so organizers urge everyone planning to attend to carpool or consider taking the free CARTA Nash express shuttle departing from the North Charleston Fire Museum near Tanger Outlets.

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