The Delmarva Irish-American Club was founded in 1980 by a small group of friends with the vision of celebrating the Feast Day of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, with a Parade much the same as larger cities like New York, Boston and Baltimore.

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From humble beginnings, the Ocean City St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival has evolved into a citywide and statewide event with supporters of all walks of life wearing green.