The 2016 inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The weekend kicks off with two events happening today.

The first home baseball game of the season will take place today  at 3 p.m. when the Dolphins take on the Hatteras Hurricanes at the Community Park. 

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 4:15 p.m. at the Ocracoke Gas Station and ends at the Ocracoke Bar & Grille O’Bar) with Grand Marshal  and Poohbah of Tomfoolery Brian the Leprechaun leading the way.

Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. at the gas station, and a cash prize of $550 will be awarded to the best float or group.

There’s no registration fee and any group or business can enter as many floats as they want.

Organizer and sponsor is Sean Death, owner of the O’Bar, where the prize will be awarded.

Later today, the “End Hunger Games” fundraising basketball tournament will begin at 5 p.m. in the Ocracoke School gym.

Coordinated by Senior Matteus Gilbert, the project aims to raise awareness, money and food for children battling malnutrition in Hyde County.

Open to all ages, the tournament will consist of three 3-on-3 basketball tournaments: One tournament each for men, women and for youth ages 13 and under. Registration is $25 per team and all proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank of the Albemarle, which serves mainland Hyde and Dare counties. A three-point shooting contest will also take place. all or text Matteus at 252-588-2290 to reserve a spot in advance, or register the day of the event. Cash donations or non-perishable food items will be accepted.

On Saturday morning the fourth and fifth grades will hold a hot dog fundraiser during the youth basketball in the school gym from 10 a.m, to 1 p.m. 




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