St. Patrick's Day Celebration Largest in the State

St. Patrick's Day may have been Friday, but that didn't seem to matter for the thousands on the Outer Banks Sunday. They gathered for what’s billed as the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the state.

An estimated 12,000 people marched along Highway 12 and mingled for the 17th Annual Kelly's Saint Patrick's Day parade in Nags Head. Highlights included a visit from Pee Dee the Pirate, who sailed in from Greenville, and the Bear Grass Marching Band.

The parade was full of big smiles, kids and lots of candy, and thankfully the weather held out. As tradition has it, the public was invited for free hot dogs, soda and some Irish music following the parade.