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Luis DeJesus of New York City will be the grand marshal and head of tomfoolery for this year’s fourth Annual Ocracoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Parade “pre-gaming” begins at noon at 1718 Brewing Ocracoke and the parade will begin after DeJesus finishes a meet-and-greet. The parade will go down Irvin Garrish Hwy. and end at the Ocracoke Bar & Grille, sponsor and host of the parade and prizes. No registration is necessary.
Top prize is $550, awarded by DeJesus for best parade entry: Leprechaun’s choice for best float, group or individual.
DeJesus, a member of the Kiss tribute band called “Mini Kiss,” was grand marshal for the second year of the parade.
Sean Death, who with his wife, Laurie, own the O’Bar and began the event three years ago, wants the parade to be held on the actual St. Patrick’s Day to promote the start of the island season.
All businesses are encouraged to enter as many floats or groups as they want, freely distribute swag, such as cups, T-shirts, coupons, etc., along the parade route.