40th St. Patrick's Day Parade Brings More than 100,000 to Ocean City
For 40 years now, this parade and festival has helped the town kick off their summer seaon.
"This is a more or a very community opportunity to bring everyone together so it's great to bring the family down," says Elizabeth Cook, who came to watch with her family from Girdletree.
Families like the Cook's from Girdletree line up along Coastal Highway to watch over 125 entries cruise and walk by like local celebrity, Pip the Beach Cat.
"We walked through with Barn 34," says Beverly Meadows, who carried Pip through the parade.
This may be Pip's first parade, but Beverly says that his family has been here before. "Not every year, it has to be kind of nice weather and today is just gorgeous," she says.
Kylie Gabler came from Baltimore and Sophia Giasanti came from Delaware to experience their first parade.
Sophia says, "I just wanted to come and see the parade. I wanted to see what it was all about."
These girls had never met before, until Kylie's dog Sammy brought them together.
Kylie explains, "Sammy likes people, he likes dogs. He's super friendly and super energetic, so he needed some energy out."
Mayor Rick Meehan tells WRDE that there are over 100,000 people here in Ocean City for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. There are even more watching WRDE's 4th ever live broadcast of the event and Irish Eye in the sky.
On the ground, kids on shoulders have an eye level view.
7-year-old Aleah Catron explains what she sees, "Firetrucks, people throwing out candy."
There are many in the crowd who celebrate their Irish heritage at this event, like Kelly Hepner. "I have family over in Ireland, so this is always a good time to come," she says.
"I'm a quarter Irish, yes. They are part Irish," adds Nathan Cook.
To top it all off the Delmarva Irish-American club is a nonprofit organization. Over the past 30 years this event has raised over $500,000 for local charities.