You will not want to miss out on the St Paddy’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island. The date is set – Sunday, March 18th beginning at 4:00 PM. The parade will assemble in the Eat Here parking lot at Marina and Gulf Drives starting at about 2 and then travel north on Marina and Palm Drives, ending at 78th Street.
Years ago Sean Murphy loaded up his kids and neighborhood friends into an old green lawn trailer and carrying a parade permit and blasting music from a boom box, drove down the middle of Gulf Drive to the amusement of bystanders and vacationers! This was the 1st annual Anna Maria Island St Paddy’s Day Parade, according to Murphy, the owner of three Holmes Beach establishments – Beach Bistro, Eat Here and the Doctor’s Office.
A few years later, the parade had grown to include bands and floats and to attract thousands of paradegoers! Murphy invited everyone to “get with the St Pat Spirit” and join the parade – it is free to stroll with the bag pipers, pirates, leprechauns, marching bands and community groups. If you want to join in the parade fun as a participant, please call the Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444.
Duncan Real Estate has been in the parade for many years. This year, we decided to enjoy the parade from the streets and holler at all the floats and friends! We hope to see you all there too!!!