Accident delayed North Myrtle Beach parade

Hundreds of people came out to the North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival Saturday morning.

If you missed the parade or would like to see it again, NewsChannel 15 plans to rebroadcast the event several times on Thursday, March 17 - St. Patrick's Day.

Shortly after the parade started, things were brought to a halt because of an accident. Witnesses say two bikers from Rolling Thunder, a POW advocacy and motorcycle group, collided. A first responder says one of the riders passed out. Neither was wearing a helmet. Both were conscious. They were taken away in an ambulance. No one in the crowd was hurt. After about 15 minutes, the parade resumed.

Eighty-eight different groups showed off their Irish spirit on floats decorated with shamrocks and leprechauns. Some people threw candy. Others threw beads. Entries include the North Myrtle Beach Fire Honor Guard, North Myrtle Beach High JROTC and the Knights of Columbus. A memorial to Clinton H. Norris served as the Grand Marshal.

Following the parade, the festival continued on Main Street until 4 p.m. Dozens of vendors sold arts and crafts and Irish grub. There was a children's area. Restaurants along Main Street also sold green beer.