Hilton Head St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal named

The 2016 Hilton Head St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal was formally announced on Tuesday afternoon; Betsy Doughtie was ‘sashed’ as Grand Marshal, in a ceremony hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee. Doughtie is the executive director of a Hilton Head nonprofit, the Deep Well Project. She has lived in Hilton Head since 1970, and has been involved in the community for just as long.

“I can’t think of another word for excited and honored, very thrilled,” Doughtie says, “this is just an incredible community where we live, and I have been part of it now for 45 years I think, and I’m just honored to be recognized as the Grand Marshal. Doughtie looks forward to riding in the parade as its leader, in a vintage car, “it will just be a lot of fun and I bet I’ll see a lot of people I know on the sidelines,” she says. “I’ll practice my wave and my smile and I’ll get that down by the time of the parade.”

2016 Grand Marshal:

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The parade is said to bring about 25,000 spectators to the area of Pope Avenue each year. This year the parade begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13.

More Parade Information:

  • Parade Date and Time: Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00 PM rain or shine.
  •  Parade Location: Pope Avenue at Hilton Head Island’s south end.
  • To join the Parade, enter online at HiltonHeadIreland.org. Click or tap the “Entries” tab, click or tap “Enter the Parade Now.”
  • Entry fees are $300 for businesses until February 15, $325 after February 15. $125 for non-profit organizations until February 15, $150 after February 15.
  • Volunteers are needed to help in the staging area and along the Parade route. Volunteer online at HiltonHeadIreland.org. Click or tap the “Volunteer” tab. Or contact Bill Harper at (843) 616-3604 or Bill@HiltonHeadIreland.org.
  • The Parade will follow its usual route, beginning at the south end of Pope Ave. near Coligny Circle and marching north to Office Park Road – site of the reviewing stand – where it will make a left turn and proceed to its end in front of Park Plaza and The Courtyard Building.

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