St. Patrick's Day In Savannah

               Savannah is known worldwide for its extravagant St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  Each March when our park fountains and beer taps flow green you know that the celebration is beginning!  Every year, people flock to Savannah, dressed in their best greens, boas, beads, buttons and wigs for the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country.  This monumental party didn’t just come overnight.  It took 190 years of the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade to get Savannah on the map, not to mention all of the other festivities!  This year’s official celebration starts on March 16 and will continue on through March 18, however unofficially…Savannah turns Irish for the entire week, giving visitors and locals plenty of opportunity to take in Savannah’s history, culture and cuisine! The official festival area is along the Savannah Riverfront…but there’s a whole other side of Savannah’s Irish side for you to discover while you’re in town!

               The unofficial beginning of our St. Patrick’s Day festivities will kick off on Friday, March 10 at noon with the Greening of the Fountain!   It’s a tradition in Savannah to dye all of the fountains green and it all starts with the with everyone’s favorite – the fountain in Forsyth Park.  Once the Grand Marshal pours green dye into the water you can feel a special kind of Irish magic settle into the historic district and when the fountain water turns from clear to green the entire town starts to give off a vibe of hospitality and merriment. 

               On Saturday March 11, the 24th Annual Tara Feis Irish Fest is the place to celebrate with the whole family! The family-friendly feis (pron. FESH) – or festival – is a feast for the eyes, ears and palate, with live performances, food, art activities, crafts and games hosted with Irish ceremony, tradition and hospitality. The festival is held each year in the beautiful Emmet Park located in heart of downtown Savannah. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with an official Irish opening ceremony. This event is a free, non-alcoholic event geared towards families and children.

               If you just can’t wait until the 17th, indulge your appetite for a good parade on March 11 out on Tybee Island!   The 15th annual Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade will hit the streets with all kinds of fun, from decked out floats to decked out people with all kinds of great performances, from marching bands to bands with bag pipes. It’s a really great day, especially since it’s right off the beach. It all kicks off at Tybee City Hall at 3:00 and the fun will continue throughout the Island the rest of the night!

               If you’re looking for the ultimate St. Patrick’s Day party, then head over to River Street and City Market, the two main hubs for all the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans. These two places will be jamming with a three-day St. Patrick’s Day Festival from March 16-18. Not only will there be live entertainment and activities to partake in, but there will also be interactive artists, photo booths and food and beverage areas.  Local and regional bands will be performing 11 a.m.-midnight during the official festival but there are some rules you may want to know before you get there!   If it’s green beer you’re looking for, then be sure to purchase a $10 wristband before taking it out in the festival area.  To party with a pint in hand all festival-goers must buy a wristband at one of many booth locations downtown. They can be purchased with cash and credit cards by anyone 21 years and older, who shows a valid I.D. There will be different wristbands for each day, so if you’re looking to join the party for more than one day, then you must buy a separate wristband each day. They are only required in the festival area, which stretches from River Street to Broughton Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to East Broad Street.

               And all of this BEFORE the big parade day!  This year’s 4 hour long parade will be Friday March 17 at 10:00 AM!  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah isn’t just one of the biggest parades in the United States, it’s one of the biggest parades in the world, right behind Dublin and New York City. For more than 190 years, the parade has attracted thousands of guests to join in the city-wide celebration on St. Patrick’s Day, by cheering for all the floats, bands, dancers, Irish groups and societies marching in the parade.  Make sure to get your spot early or look into purchasing bleacher seats as the parade is attended by up to 300,000 spectators! 

               If you are in town to enjoy the festivities, don’t forget that there is so much more to historic Savannah than green beer and celebrating the Irish here in the city!  Take a walk through our historic squares, visit our museum homes, art galleries and of course take a tour!  Book your tour with us early to make sure you secure your space!   Find out why there is no better way to explore Savannah than by Segway!   

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