OBX St. Pat’s Day Parade-A Great Time on a Cold Day

Paying tribute to Councilman Warren Judge. The Dare County Democratic Party float.
Paying tribute to Councilman Warren Judge. The Dare County Democratic Party float.
A Cold Day for a Parade

It was cold today in Nags Head for the 28th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but it was still a great time and the entertainment value was outstanding.

The smaller than usual crowd had a great time. They stamped their feet, jumped up and down and counted their blessings because a few days ago the forecast was calling for 3” of snow.

The Kelly’s Parade is not quite like any other.

It has all of the elements of a classic parade…some marching band and lots of floats. But then there’s the the marching dogs, antique cars, fire engines and what appears to be every business on the Outer Banks driving by with a magnetic sign on their car door.

There is also the unicyclist who plays the trumpet and jumps rope on his unicycle…that’s not something seen everyday.

If the parade was not as well attended as usual, the kids that were there, didn’t seem to be complaining. Participants traditionally throw out candy and the volume of candy remains the same whether the crowd is at 10,000 or 2,000.

A Good Day for a Parade

Mike Kelly has never had to postpone or cancel one of his parades, although with what the weather looked like as late as Wednesday, there had to be some thought of moving it to next weekend. But if it was cold and windy, it was still a good day for a parade. And, the sun even came out as the parade was finishing up.

Even though it was cold, there were at least free hotdogs and entertainment waiting under the tent across the Bypass at Kelly’s Outer Banks Tavern.

Was it the best Kelly’s St. Pat’s Day Parade ever? Hard to say. Probably not. But at the parades are always a good time and it certainly seemed to be the coldest, and that makes it memorable.

Major Outer Banks March Events

Scene from last March at the Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates BBQ  & Wing Showdown.
Scene from last March at the Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates BBQ & Wing Showdown.

It seems as though the winter is just zipping by here on the Outer Banks. Although, as winters go, it hasn’t been much of one.

But here we are, it’s March already, the days are beginning to feel a bit longer the weather, which has been wonderfully mild, will hopefully stay that way and there are some great events coming up this month on the Outer Bank.

We’re not going to write about all of the March events, but there are a few we want to be sure to mention.

Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Beach Road, Nags Head

March 12

The parade is a bit earlier than usual this year, so be sure to mark the calendar because this is one parade that should not be missed. Mike Kelly has been putting on this parade for over 25 years and it is always fun, whacky and a wonderful celebration of all that’s best about the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Taste Of The Beach Weekend

Outer Banks

March 23 – March 26

The Taste of the Beach combines two sure-to-please features—great food and a chance to tour the northern Outer Banks.

There are so many events on the schedule that it’s not possible to call all of them out, but we do want to call attention to three in particular, nicely scheduled on three different days so there’s no excuse for not showing up for all three.

The Outer Banks BBQ & Wing Showdown

The Soundside Event Site, Nags Head

March 24

This is our favorite event of the weekend because…well, Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates sponsors it. With the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, we should add.

Nonetheless, this is a fun, fun event with some of the best chefs on the Outer Banks competing to prove they make the best wings and barbecue around.

Helpful hint: Consume no food after midnight of the night before.

Annual OBX Chowder Cookoff

Southern Shores Crossing Shopping Center, Southern Shores

March 25

Going to the Chowder Cookoff is like entering a chowder museum where the exhibits are edible. Very edible.

It is almost impossible to describe how many different ways chowder can be prepared and in the hands of some of the best chef’s on the Outer Banks, it is some good soup.

It is an outdoor event, although Southern Shores Crossing is very protected. Nonetheless, dress accordingly.

Grand Tasting & Bartenders Bubbly Bash

Port ‘o Call Restaurant, Kill Devil Hills

March 26

The Grand Finale and a grand time it is. Don’t miss this one.

Winter on the OBX-Still Lots to Do


Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean the Outer Banks has ceased to exist. For a lot of people, winter is the best time of the year to be here—it’s uncrowded, the pace of life has slowed down, a walk on the beach is a great time to spend time with just yourself or someone special. Other than an occasional dog romping in the surf with an owner nearby, there are not too many people walking along the ocean.

Of course it can get a little chilly—it is still winter after all. An amazing winter day today with temperatures in the upper 60s but that will probably change by the end of the week.

But if things have slowed down, there are still some great things to do. To help with that decision making process, we’ve highlighted a couple of upcoming events.

A suggestion: the week of March 13-20 would great time to be on the Outer Banks Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicking things off on Sunday, March 13 and the week wrapping up with the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach.

Call us here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. and let us find you a place to stay.

Outer Banks Signature Chef’s Auction– The Purple Party 15th Anniversary

FEB 28

Hilton Garden Inn

Phone: 252-573-9035


11 of the BEST Chefs, Live and Silent Auction, Fine Wines, Craft Brews, Live Music- Black Tie event. We are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Outer Banks Signature Chefs Event. Reserved Seating. Space is Limited

History of Surfing

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Jennette’s Pier

Phone: 252-255-2501

The North Carolina Maritime Museums & Jennette’s Pier will host an evening program on the history of surfing in North Carolina.There will be several presentations & video footage that helps tell the story of wave riding, board shaping & why NC’s coast is an East Coast surfing destination.

27th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade


MAR 13

Nags Head

Parade starts at 1 pm at MP 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen St. and Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Road) and continues north to Driftwood St. Free Parade celebration at Kelly’s with entertainment, awards and free hot dogs for all till they’re gone!

OBX Taste of the Beach


MAR 17-MAR 20

4 Days of Food, Drink and Fun. A fantastic way to sample the fare of many fine restaurants on the Outer Banks in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend! Casual chefs to full-on foodie fanatics will revel in innovative culinary opportunities offered up by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. Over 50 events over four days at nearly 40 different venues.

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Joe Lamb Jr. Outer Banks BBQ & Wings Showdown

MAR 18

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head, NC 27959

Enjoy tasting and voting for your favorite Outer Banks BBQ and Wings from 15 of the areas best eateries! From traditional pulled pork and tender fall-off-the-bone ribs, to delicious saucy hot chicken wings! There is something for every carnivore at this 4th annual event. Presented to you with the support of Joe lamb Jr. Realty and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the event is newly located at The Soundside event site in Nags Head, which will provide a great outdoor (tented) park-like experience for up to 750 attendees AND allow onsite parking. There will be great live music too by Jonny Waters & Company.