Feb 10 2017

It’s FollyGras Time! Clear Your Calendar on Saturday, Feb. 25

Laissez les bon temps rouler! Mark your calendars and clear your schedule now, because the 10th Annual FollyGras Parade & Street Festival is coming back to Folly Beach on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Is it any wonder this spirited event holds such a special place in the community’s heart? Not to mention the visitors who travel from all over to attend? Last year, sojourners from 17 different states made their way to Center Street to take part in this one-of-a-kind fete.

Dying for details? We’ve got you covered. For starters, FollyGras is family-friendly and free to attend — as always. That’s not to say you shouldn’t bring a little spending money, though.

For those of us interested in partaking of an adult beverage during the event, it’s worth noting that there will be multiple ID check stations set up on Center Street  in the E. Ashley Ave., E. Erie and E. Huron intersections.

Anyone who desires an adult beverage will need to purchase a wristband at one of these stations. The wristband only costs $3, and proceeds benefit participating Folly Beach charities and non-profits. (You’ll obviously need to pay for your beverages as well.)

As for when the festivities begin, Center Street will be closed at approximately 10 a.m. in preparation for the parade. The parade lineup will start at 10:30am on the 1st and 2nd blocks of W. Arctic Avenue.

The parade will kick off as close to noon as possible, with the street festival to follow immediately after. This year’s FollyGras awards include 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for Cajun or Creole Cuisine, Best Float, Beast Group and Best Costume.

Between Hudson and Huron, local artisans and retailers will be set up. The restaurants of Center Street will have food booths set up in front of their buildings throughout the day — Cajun and Creole off-menu items will be a big draw, naturally.

In addition to a kids’ activities area in the Dunes Properties parking lot, there will be a children’s pet parade. So if you’re looking for a fun way to spend Saturday with your littles, FollyGras is the way to go. Bonus? It’s pretty darn fun for us “big kids,” too.

Let the good times roll indeed.



Bob Hart Author

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