‘American Idol’ Elise Testone to headline Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival

02/05/2014 1:48 PM

02/05/2014 1:48 PM

Elise Testone, former “American Idol” contestant and Coastal Carolina University graduate, will be the headliner at this year’s Oceanfront Merchants Association St. Patrick’s Day Festival on March 15.

Testone is one of about 10 bands lined up to play during the daylong festival situated along Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach.

In addition to the live music, the festival will feature street performers, a kid’s zone and vendors selling food, beer and art.

“This year we’re going to have [small carnival] rides on the oceanfront property” of the former Pavilion, OMA President Chris Walker said. “We usually only have the inflatable bounce houses and things like that.”

There still will be inflatable amusement rides available for children in Plyler Park.

Activities will take place on the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion property between Eighth and Ninth avenues North and in Plyler Park with sidewalk sales between Ninth Avenue North and Mr. Joe White Avenue. Ocean Boulevard will be closed to traffic from Eighth Avenue North to Mr. Joe White Avenue from 1 a.m. March 15 to 4 a.m. on March 16.

Beer will be allowed to be sold and consumed in an enclosed area of Ocean Boulevard from the front of the state at Eighth Avenue North to the crosswalk just south of the intersection of Ninth Avenue.

Bands will start playing when the festival begins at noon March 15 and Testone is scheduled to hit the stage at 9:30 p.m.

Other bands playing include:

• Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans
• Bullfrog
• Gravy featuring The Asheville Horns
• Paul Grimshaw Band
• Mike O’Donnell
• Dino Capone School of Rock’s Collision Course
• Lee Travis and the Bounty Hunters
• Myrtle Beach Regional Pipe and Drum Band

Admission to the event is free.

For more information about the www.mbdowntownstpats.com.

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