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 one of the most popular times to visit Savannah. The azaleas are blooming, the weather is beautiful and the 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 grab their green, get out and have some 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 Savannah ranking the third largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade 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!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Tuesday, March 17 from 10:15 a.m. to about 2 or 2:30 p.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.
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 River Street’s 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 festival 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 Irish dancers on stage. It’s the perfect celebration for you and your children.
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 >>