North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival Canceled

North Myrtle Beach, SC – March 13, 2020 – Today, the City of North Myrtle Beach made the difficult decision to cancel its March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival.
Although as late as yesterday SCDHEC advised through its Twitter account that the status of COVID-19 in South Carolina does not indicate that cancelation of events or schools is needed at this time, over the past 24 hours many national events and more South Carolina events canceled, including the Monday after the Masters event in North Myrtle Beach.
Additionally, over the past 24 hours, some North Myrtle Beach residents who feel they may be more at risk to COVID-19 than others have expressed strong discomfort over a large public event held in the city at this time. As more national and South Carolina events canceled yesterday, some parade and festival participants opted to withdraw from the local event this year.
The weather will be great this weekend and North Myrtle Beach is wide open for business.
We encourage our residents and visitors to make a special effort to patronize North Myrtle Beach businesses this weekend and throughout the coming tourism season.
We ask that you pay special attention to businesses located on Main Street, the route and location for the annual parade and festival. These businesses invested in goods and services in preparation for the now-canceled parade and festival and are deserving of your support.
City officials met with North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce officials and Chamber officials concur with the City’s difficult decision to cancel this event.
Patrick Dowling
Public Information Officer
City of North Myrtle Beach

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival - North Myrtle Beach, March 14, 2020

March 13 11:00 a.m. Update

The NMB St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festivasl has been canceled. Read more here:

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Parade: 9 a.m.
Festival: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Free Admission | Free Parking

The 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade will be held on Main Street on Saturday, March 14, 2020. This one-day, rain or shine event brings approximately 30,000 to celebrate everything Irish and welcome the coming of spring. A magical parade begins the festivities at 9:00 a.m., followed by three stages of live music and a children’s area with rides and amusements from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Along Main Street over 150 vendors will display their crafts, services, information, products, or serve a variety of treats.

Entertainment Schedule:

Freedom Boat Club Community Stage (Oak Drive)

11:15 AM – Triple Toe Cloggers

11:30 AM – Ocean Drive Mini Chiefs Dance Club

11:45 PM – Parade Awards

12:00 PM – Mark McKinney & Company

2 – 4:00 PM – Cornbread

Flynn’s Irish Tavern Stage (Near Flynn’s)

11:00 AM – Brenden O’Connor

11:45 AM – Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes & Drums

12:00 PM – Brenden O’Connor

12:45 PM – The Academy of Dance and Fine Arts Dancers

1:00 PM – Tan and Sober Gentleman

2:15 PM – Leprechaun Contest

2:30 PM – Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest

2:45 – 4:00 PM – Tan and Sober Gentleman

Boulineau's Ocean Stage (Near Duffy’s)

11:00 AM – Retrograde

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM – The Tonez


Leprechaun Contest - Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 32nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival Leprechaun Contest. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy.

Register at the Main Stage @ Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 pm. Pre-registration is also available at the Festival Information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 pm. Meet at the stairs of the Main Stage on festival site at 2:00 pm. Contest begins at 2:15 pm.

Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest - Think you have what it takes? Enter into the Shepherd’s Pie Eating Contest at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. First to clear their plate (without using their hands) wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque designed by Coastal Engravers.

Register at the Main Stage @ Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 PM. Pre-registration is also available at the Festival Information booth (corner of Hillside Drive and Main Street) before 1:30 PM. Meet at the stairs of the Main Stage on festival site at 2:15 PM. Contest begins at 2:30 PM.

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South Carolina Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 8-14

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) and the National Weather Service jointly sponsor this week to remind you that severe storms, tornadoes, and flash floods are significant hazards in South Carolina and people need to take proper safety precautions.

SCEMD and the National Weather Service are promoting awareness of the hazards associated with severe weather, including tornadoes and floods, and the procedures that help keep people safe.

A highlight of the week is the annual statewide tornado drill. The drill is conducted in close coordination with the South Carolina Broadcasters Association. The State Superintendent of Education is also encouraging schools statewide to participate.

The National Weather Service will use the Tornado Warning product on NOAA tone-alert weather radio when the drill is conducted. During the drill, the National Weather Service will use a real-event code, "TOR" on NOAA Weather Radio. The “TOR” code will activate tone-alert weather radios that are set to receive tornado warnings, and those radios will broadcast the exercise message.

The drill will be conducted on Wednesday, March 11, at 9:00 a.m. Public schools, state and local Emergency Management, the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, and others will participate in this annual event. The purpose of the drill is to test communication systems, safety procedures, mitigation processes, etc.

To learn more about Severe Weather Week and the topics covered, please visit: 

North Myrtle Beach City Council Recognizes Detectives Who Solved the Shawn Marie Neal Murder Case

During their March 2 meeting, North Myrtle Beach City Council members recognized the detectives who worked to solve the 1996 Shawn Marie Neal case. Neal was murdered on June 2, 1996 in North Myrtle Beach. Detectives and SLED investigated, but with few leads, the case went cold.

North Myrtle Beach detectives did not give up on the case and in 2017, relying on advances in DNA collection and cataloging, detectives reopened the Neal investigation, hoping to bring closure for the victim’s family members and to serve justice.

Some murder scene items suspected of containing additional DNA material were sent to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Forensic Lab for analysis. The lab identified a new DNA profile of a previously unknown suspect, Ronald Lee Moore. 

North Myrtle Beach detectives learned Moore was a suspect in a series of burglaries, unsolved sexual assault cases and an additional unsolved homicide case from Maryland. Review of those case files showed close similarities between Moore’s suspected victims in Maryland and the Neal homicide.

Moore had no known ties to North Myrtle Beach but detectives learned he had friends in Louisiana he would visit. It is possible that he committed the 1996 murder as he passed through city on his way from Maryland to Louisiana. Probable cause was established to charge Moore with the death of Shawn Marie Neal. 

Ultimately, public records revealed Moore died while jailed in Louisiana on unrelated charges in 2008. Moore cannot be formally charged and tried for the murder of Shawn Marie Neal but North Myrtle Beach detectives were able to close this case, noting that the only known suspect/offender died.

Over the years, 13 North Myrtle Beach detectives were involved in helping to move this case forward to closure.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information - City of North Myrtle Beach

We have received some phone calls and emails asking about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to avoid contracting it. Here is some basic information:


Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

The most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Existing underlying heart, respiratory or other medical conditions, coupled with older age, may play a significant role in cases where people have died from COVID-19.


It is important to keep things in perspective. Millions of Americans come down with the flu each year, and tens of thousands of Americans die from the flu each year. Also, the flu virus is not always the same from year to year. It can and does mutate into different strains, catching the world by surprise, at which point new vaccines are developed to deal with the changes. As things currently stand, the impact COVID-19 is having on the United States is light years away from the flu's impact.


Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, although an all-out effort is underway to develop one.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this or any other virus.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

-- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

-- Stay home when you are sick.

-- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

-- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

-- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (Sing the song “Happy Birthday” twice), especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

-- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

-- These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does NOT recommend people who are well wearing a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of the virus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers, people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility), or people responding to an emergency call pertaining to COVD-19 or other virus condition.


At this time, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.