Posted on August 20, 2014 by Andrea Six
Celebrations aren’t just confined to St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. They’re rocking the city all month, which is why March is the most popular time to visit Savannah. The azaleas are blooming, the weather is perfect and Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are in full swing.
St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is the most exciting time of the year in this Hostess City, with all kinds of events inviting guests to graph their green, get out and have a lot of fun. This monumental popularity didn’t just come overnight; it took 190 years of the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade to get Savannah on the map. And now Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day is one of the hottest in the nations, with the third largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the world.
There are all kinds of great St. Patrick’s Day events in Savannah, from traditional Irish ceremonies and family-friendly festivals to outdoor parties, celebrations on River Street and the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, so be sure to check them out!
Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park
Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m.
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. During this ceremony, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal pours green dye into the water with the help of a bunch of friends and family, because we all know that St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah wouldn’t be the same without green water in all of the city’s fountains.
St. Practice Day Charity Bar Crawl
Saturday, March 7
What better way is there to get ready for St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah than with the St. Practice Day Charity Bar Crawl? Venture out and explore the all the city’s pubs all the while, building up your tolerance to get in tip-top shape for the St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. All the proceeds benefit the Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia. It’s a great way to get in the Irish spirit and have a little fun without all of the craziness that the actual St. Patty’s Day brings.
Celtic Cross Ceremony and Reception
Sunday, March 8 – Ceremony at 1 p.m., with reception following at 2:30 p.m.
Every year, Irish Catholics join together to celebrate their heritage with family and friends at Emmet Park. This year, the 29th annual Celtic Cross Ceremony will be held at the Celtic cross statue. Bagpipes play as different members of the Irish community step up and speak out about the past, present and future. It’s a tradition and way of honoring the Irish community that isn’t going away any time soon.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on River Street
March 14, 16 and 17
Out of all of the festivals and events on River Street, none is bigger, better or greener than their St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Not only do vendors line the street with gifts and goodies, but stages are set up for bands to perform live music. It’s where the real St. Patty’s Day party is. Guests can grab a drink at the outdoor tents or head into one of the restaurants or bars on the Savannah River.
Tara Feis Irish Celebration
Saturday, March 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It’s said that the Tara Feis Irish Celebration in Emmet Park is a feast for the eyes, ears and palate. It’s a family-friendly fun fest put on by the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs. This non-alcoholic Irish celebration features live music, art, activities, crafts and games, as well as a variety of musicians, storytellers and children’s performers. In the past there have been magicians, puppet shows and a number of wonderful Irish dancers on stage. It’s the perfect celebration for you and your children.
Tybee Island Parade
Saturday, March 14 at 3 p.m.
The 13th 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 proceeds down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street.
St. Patrick’s Day Firefighter’s Ball
Saturday, March 14 from 6 – 11 p.m.
Come out and meet your Savannah Firefighters and many other from New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Charleston, Atlanta, Boise, Orlando, and Ireland. With an open bar and heavy hor dourves from local Savannah restaurants and live music, this year’s hottest party – the St. Patrick’s Day Firefighter’s Ball – is a great way to kick-start your Irish celebrations.
The dress code for the men is at minimum a button-up shirt and a tie, and cocktail dresses for the ladies. If you are a firefighter, we urge you to wear your Class A uniform.
Jasper Green Ceremony
Monday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m.
Members of the Irish community gather to honor all of our military – past and present. The annual Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony takes place the day before St. Patrick’s Day in Madison Square, where a monument honors Jasper and the men. Jasper was a Revolutionary War hero whose parents came to the colonies from Ireland.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Tuesday, March 17 at 10:15 a.m.
Kick off St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah right with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This main event brings everything together – family, friends and fun. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah is the second largest in the US, right behind New York. More than 300,000 people are expected to visit and enjoy the city-wide festivities.
Pick a spot on the parade route, settle in and watch as bands, floats, horses, carriages, cars and all kinds of groups march in the parade. This green celebration lasts a few hours, so visitors have plenty of time to make their way over to see it. Just make sure you plan how you’re going to get there, because parking can be pretty crazy with over 300,000 visitors in town.
Don’t forget to make make your commute plans before the big day, because parking can be tricky when there’s hundreds of thousands of people in town. Event parking can cost anywhere from $5 to $25 dollars on St. Patrick’s Day, with most of the garages downtown running at a rate of $20 per vehicle. To see a map and find out more about parking, taxis, CAT buses and St. Patrick’s Day shuttles click here >>