St. Patrick's Day in Savannah


Savannah, Georgia might not be the first place you think of when you think of St. Patrick’s Day, but maybe it should be….after Ireland of course. Savannah goes all out for the holiday with a number of events taking place all across the city. Here are a few of the ways you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Georgia.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The highlight of all the festival is the Paddy’s Day Parade which lasts for a foot aching four hours! It’s one of the longest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the world. If you’re going to be attending make sure you get there early and bring some seats. 300,000 people attend the parade and your feet will thank you when you’re sitting down instead of standing for the whole parade. 

River Street and City Market Festivities

After the parade is finished River Street and City Market become the centerpiece of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. There you’ll find food courts, vendors, live music, and dancing until midnight. Your Savannah Paddy’s Day experience isn’t complete without heading to these two areas.

Forsyth Park

For St. Patrick’s Day the fountains in Savannah run green and it all begins in Forsyth Park. There the parade’s Grand Marshal pours green dye into the fountain in a special ceremony that marks the start of all the fountains in Savannah being turned green. The green dye usually sticks around for a few days so even if you miss the event it’s worth seeing.

Top O’ The Mornin’ Run

Just one of several morning runs that are taking place on St. Patrick’s Day across Savannah. Many of them are charity events raising money for a variety of causes. They’re a great way to start off the celebrations.

Irish Heritage Dance

If Irish dancing is your thing (think Riverdance) then you won’t want to miss the Irish Heritage Dance at the Shriner’s Temple. See the best Irish dancers of all ages from the area perform at this unique event.

Celtic Cross Ceremony

The Irish community gathers at the Celtic Cross in Emmet Park where bagpipes play and various people speak about the past, present, and future. This long-standing tradition is their way of honoring the traditions of Ireland and a quite popular one at that.

Jasper Green Ceremony

The day before Paddy’s Day the Irish community gather in Madison Square for the annual Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony held to honor not only Jasper but all members of the military past and present. Jasper was a soldier in the Revolutionary War whose parents came from Ireland to the colonies.

St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball

Savannah’s Firefighters hold the St. Patrick’s Fire Ball at Savannah Station. The ball has an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dancing to live music, and a silent auction. This event may not be for everyone, but it also isn’t every day you get to rub shoulders with the firefighters of Savannah as well as those from around the world who attend the event.

There are almost too many choices for what to do on St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. No matter what it is you end up deciding to do remember that it is Paddy’s Day not Patty’s Day. Have a great Paddy’s Day weekend wherever you end up!


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