Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:18

Beach Bistro’s 16th annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on Anna Maria Island

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There is a big green day coming our way.

The Beach Bistro’s 16th annual St Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled for Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island on the Sunday before to St Patrick’s Day.

This year that lucky green Sunday falls on the 16th of March. The parade will assemble at Holmes Beach City Hall at 5801 Marina Drive and will proceed at a leisurely Irish strolling pace northward along Marina Drive to its juncture with Palm Drive and then north on Palm to the parade’s conclusion at the corner of 78th and Palm.

This route should permit traffic to circumvent the parade route area and proceed relatively unimpeded north and south along Gulf Dr. The parade will celebrate with the usual panoply of dignitaries, cyclists, floats, dancers, high school bands and pipe bands garnished with greenery and smiling faces.

Parade founder Sean Murphy promises a “jumbo” surprise in this year’s parade. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Beach Bistro for information at 941-778-6444.

The parade will assemble at City Hall at 2:00 PM and “take off” promptly at 4:00 PM.

Sean was asked about the founding traditions and noble lineage of his St Paddy’s day parade. “Like most better Irish ideas it was thought up in a bar. There are no noble traditions of which I am aware.”St. Patrick's Day Elephant | Anna Maria Island

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“The parade has grown substantially. It is now the largest St Patrick’s Day Parade south and east of Savannah, Georgia. It may also be the only St Patrick’s Day Parade south and east of Savannah, Georgia.”

“We have been contacted by the Emeril TV Show. They expressed an interest in filming the parade this year in connection with the Beach Bistro and Emeril TV show being broadcast later in the month.”


Everyone is invited to participate in the parade. There is a “no dog” rule because of the presence of other, larger animals.

The Parade assembles at 2:00 and proceeds northward on Marina and then Palm Drives to 78th St.

Get more information by calling the Beach Bistro at 941-778-6444!

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