Hilton Head Island hosting St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - Celebrate the spirit of the Irish this Sunday on Hilton Head in the 38th annual Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The parade is set to begin at 3 p.m. at Lowcountry Celebration Park/Coligny Beach Parling area and turns left onto Pope Avenue. From there, the parade will turn left onto Office Park Drive and end at the Courtyard Building/Park Plaza.

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office says the following rules will be in effect during the parade:

  • No parking is available near the parade staging area located at the Coligny Beach Parking Lot. Only vehicles entered into and participating in the parade may enter.
  • Entrance to the staging area must be done from the westbound lane of South Forest Beach Drive.
  • All parade participants must be in the staging area by 1:00 p.m.
  • Parade participant drop-offs – Entrance of Lowcountry Celebration Park.
  • Spectators may utilize The Breeze Trolley. It will run one-way trips from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from USCB Hilton Head to the area of Lowcountry Celebration Park.

Road closures and detour information

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, members of the Sheriff’s Office will begin placing cones and barricades along Pope Avenue. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., the following will be closed to traffic or re-routed:

  • Parade Route – No vehicles will be allowed to travel on the eastbound lanes of Pope Avenue. Traffic is rerouted.
  • Sea Pines Circle – both lanes of traffic onto Pope Avenue will be closed to thru traffic.
  • College Center Drive and Office Way traffic will be rerouted to Office Park Road and will only be able to exit onto Greenwood Drive. Traffic will not be able to exit onto Pope Avenue.
  • Access to Shipyard Gate on Pope Avenue is closed. No vehicles will enter the route off Cordillo Parkway.
  • Traffic from Lagoon Road to Pope Avenue will only be able to make a right-hand turn.
  • Vehicles that must travel from New Orleans Road to Coligny Circle will be able to do so; however, all thru traffic will be rerouted to the westbound lanes of Pope Avenue only. All eastbound lanes are closed to the parade.
  • All vehicular traffic must use caution along Pope Avenue due to high-volume pedestrian traffic.
  • No alcoholic beverages/open containers are allowed on the parade route. Alcoholic beverages/open containers are only allowed on property-granted permits.
  • Beaufort County Sheriff’s deputies will manage all traffic control points, walking zones, as well as monitor the parade route.

For additional information about the parade, please visit: https://www.hiltonheadireland.org.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick joined the Live 5 News team in October 2006.