CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Celebrations of heritage, a storytelling festival, spring football and a record-breaking chase on the ice highlight this final weekend of winter.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVENTS
Even though St. Patrick's Day isn't until Tuesday, March 17th, most of the traditional celebrations are this weekend.
Park Circle: The Lowcountry's largest St. Patrick's Day party is in the Olde Village of North Charleston Saturday. The annual block party and parade is from 12 pm - 7 pm on East Montague Avenue. The event features live music all day, food, drinks, and a Kid's Zone with face painting and games. It all starts with the parade at 12 pm. It begins on Park Place East and then heads down East Montague, all the way to Virginia Avenue. The event is Free and so is parking, but spaces for parking will be limited. You're encouraged to carpool or use the free CARTA shuttle from Tanger Outlets.
North Charleston: If you want to celebrate with man's best friend, North Charleston's Wannamaker County Park is hosting the inaugural St. Paddy's Pawlooza on Saturday. From 12 pm to 4 pm, enjoy live music, drinks, and traditional Irish food with your pooch by your side. Keep your dog on a leash when they are not inside the off-leash dog park. St. Patrick's Day attire in strongly encouraged. Leave your coolers at home. Admission is $5 and kids 12 and younger get in Free.
Folly Beach: Bars and restaurants on Folly Beach are hosting a St. Paddy's Day Pub crawl Saturday from 12 pm - 4 pm. Fourteen venues are scheduled to participate with specials and pub crawlers can register to win prizes. You can visit the venues in any order, but the prizes will be awarded at Loggerhead's Beach Grill at 4 pm.
Sullivan's Island: You won't find a big block party on Sullivan's Island this year. The town is holding a family-friendly, alcohol-free party Saturday at J. Marshall Stith Park. The party will include live music, games and prizes, Irish dancing, a magic show and more from 10 am - 12 pm. No animals allowed in the park during the event and alcohol is prohibited.
CHARLESTON BLACK EXPO
The 16th annual Charleston Black Expo is Saturday at the Charleston Area Convention Center this weekend. The event features African-American owned businesses and exhibits. This year, actors from the FOX hit show 'Empire' will be in attendance. Be sure to stop by the Live 5 News booth and say hello as well. The doors open at 10:30 am. Tickets are $15 at the door and parking is free. For more details, go to blackexposouth.com.
Charleston's annual celebration of storytelling returns to downtown this weekend. Charleston Tells features local and national storytellers with programs all day Saturday at Wragg Square. You can listen to their stories of childhood, humorous tales, and even ghost stories on three different stages from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday. Evening sessions are also open Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $15 for the evening sessions and $25 for the Saturday pass. See the full schedule and purchase tickets on the event website.
CITADEL SPRING FOOTBALL
The Citadel wraps up spring practice with the annual Blue & White game at Johnson Hagood Stadium Saturday. Prior to the 1:00 game, fans are encouraged to check out the dedication of a new Citadel Mascots Memorial at 10 am. Then, fans can see this year's candidates for the 5th annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest from 12 pm to 1 pm. Forty English bulldogs will compete for the overall title and also for other awards like Best Smile or Best Physique. The contest and spring game are free. Go to The Citadel athletics site for more information.
STINGRAYS GO FOR RECORD
The South Carolina Stingrays could make history this weekend at the North Charleston Coliseum. The team is riding a franchise-best sixteen game winning streak. The team will try to tie the ECHL record of 17 games in Gwinnett, GA on Friday. If they win, the home game on Saturday night would be to hold the record alone at eighteen games. The Stingrays host the Gladiators Saturday at 7:05 pm and Sunday at 3:05 pm. Saturday is also Military Appreciation night and features special guest, wrestling legend, Ric Flair. Sunday is Family Day and Undie Sunday with special promotions. Find out more at stingrayshockey.com.