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Santa Rosa Beach FL — The 8th Annual 30a St Patrick's Festival and Parade will take place on Saturday March 14th with an expanded festival timetable and first class entertainment.

The Beaches Of South Walton County, Florida are attracting a different kind of snowbird this March 14th with a special tour visit by Ottawa based Celtic Band SEARSON. SEARSON has been described as "Fiddles on steroids" SEARSON has toured throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland and the Caribbean including playing with The Chieftains. The high energy wont stop there, because Texas based Celtic Rock Band CLEGHORN will also return due to many requests by festival goers. If you mixed ZZ Top with The Hobbit soundtrack, it might sound something like CLEGHORN. Their music mixes original folk/rock songwriting with high energy Celtic fiddle and bagpipe tunes.

The largest St Patrick's celebration in NW Florida takes place March 14th at Gulf Place at noon, and on Florida Scenic Highway 30a with the parade at 2pm. The event will entertain the kids with the "wee folk" area containing costume prizes for fairy princesses and pirates, along with "Pot O' Gold" treasure hunts, face painting and much more. The top notch Celtic entertainment will also be on hand all day starting with Dismal Creek who will pay tribute to bluegrass roots with Irish jigs, reels and brilliant banjo picking double base brilliance. Proceeds support breast cancer 501c Fore Her golf tournament and Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Ticket prices begin at – $10 for adults, kids are $5 each and VIP Whiskey/Beer tasting tickets are $35 each, available now at www.30afestival.com
The parade expects a record number of floats and parade entries, in all shapes and sizes. The parade begins at 2.00pm Saturday March 14th on Florida Scenic Highway 30a and heads 4 miles west, ending at Gulf Place, where the festivities continue. This year's Grand Marshal is Catherine O' Sullivan who hails from Cork Ireland.