Drainage work will shorten St. Patrick’s Day parade route

By on March 4, 2019

(Town of Nags Head)

Nags Head’s March 17 St. Patrick’s Day parade will conclude about half of a mile earlier this year due to stormwater improvement construction in the Gallery Row area.

The annual parade traditionally starts at Mile Post 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen Street and South Virginia Dare Trail and typically continues north to Driftwood Street.

However, due to stormwater improvement work in the 2400 block of South Virginia Dare Trail, the parade will terminate at Admiral Street where a traffic light at the street’s intersection with South Croatan Highway will provide a safer way to leave the area.

Started by restaurateur Mike Kelly 30 years ago, the parade is said to be the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in North Carolina.

(Google Maps)

Construction, which will improve drainage in the Gallery Row area, begins March 4 and is expected to be completed by the beginning of May. Non-local traffic will be re-routed around the closed section of South Virginia Dare Trail.

Businesses, such as Red Drum Tap House, Seagreen Gallery and Surfin’ Spoon Frozen Yogurt Bar, will remain open during construction.

For general parade information, contact 252-441-4116.

For information on this stormwater improvement construction project, visit nagsheadnc.gov/stormwater or contact Town of Nags Head Town Engineer David Ryan at David.Ryan@nagsheadnc.gov or 252-441-6221.

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Matthew Joseph Byrne

Timing couldn’t be more perfect…

Apparently, to fix an issue that the Town denied even existed.