Savannah’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 17, 2018 | 10:15 a.m. – 2 p.m.
With one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States, Georgia’s First City knows how to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day right. In addition to Celtic societies and Irish families, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade features pipe bands and Irish dancers from all over the East Coast – Florida to New York. But it’s not limited to that; visitors from all over the world, even Ireland itself, come to Savannah to celebrate heritage in our spirited parade through Downtown Savannah.
Floats and marching units will hit the streets at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2018 for Savannah’s 194th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will feature more than 350 marching units and up to 15,000 people. When it started in 1824, the parade was more of a military spectacle, with soldiers from different regimens marching in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Except for major wars, including the Civil War and World War I, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has run nearly every year for the past 188 years.
The parade begins at Gwinnett and Abercorn streets, just east of Forsyth Park and will travel along Abercorn Street to Broughton Street, where it will turn right towards East Broad Street. It will continue north on East Broad Street to East Bay Street and proceed down Bay until it reaches Bull Street, which it will turn on and continue down until it reaches Madison Square on Harris Street.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 2018 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE
As Savannah welcomes Vice President Mike Pence for the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, there will be enhanced security in the downtown area. There will be an enhanced security zone established between Bay St. and Oglethorpe Ave, and Drayton St. and Whitaker St. Within the enhanced security zone, parade-goers will be required to pass through magnetometer check points and follow specific rules.
The enhanced security zone will be activated at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Schedule for Enhanced Security Zone on Saturday, March 17
- 12:01 a.m.: No cars can be parked on any street within the enhanced security zone beginning at this time, including the vehicles of residents. CARS WILL BE TOWED AT THIS TIME. Vehicles will still be permitted to drive through the secure zone until 2 a.m.
- 4 a.m – 7 a.m.: No one is allowed into the enhanced security zone during this time due to a security sweep of the area. During this time, only residents of the area who already in the secure zone will be permitted. Residents are subject to be stopped at this time and will be asked for identification and proof of residency (utility bill, bank statement). Business owners and employees will not be permitted in the secure zone until the magnetometer check points open at 7 a.m.
- 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.: The secure zone will re-open for pedestrians. All pedestrians wanting to enter the secure zone must pass through a magnetometer check point. If you want to watch the parade from within the secure zone, you must clear the check points and be in your spot starting at 7 a.m. and no later than 10 a.m. After 10 a.m. the enhanced security zone will be closed and pedestrians wishing to enter will be denied at the check points.
Please note: Inside the enhanced security zone, pedestrians will not be allowed to cross the parade route (Bull Street) at any time until security clearance is given at approximately 1 p.m.
There will be magnetometer check points that parade-goers must enter through to access the enhanced security zone. At the checkpoint, you will be subject to search and you won’t be able to bring in any prohibited items (see Do’s and Don’ts list below).
The checkpoints will be at the following locations and are marked on the map above: Whitaker at Bay Lane; Whitaker at Saint Julian Street; Whitaker at Congress Street; Whitaker at Broughton Street; Drayton at Bay Lane; Dratyon at Broughton Street; and Dratyon at President Street. Pedestrians coming from the west side of Savannah are encouraged to use the Saint Julian Street and Broughton Street check points on the intersection of Whitaker Street. Pedestrians coming from the east side of Savannah are encouraged to use the President Street and Broughton Street check points on the intersection of Drayton Street.
Within the Enhanced Security Zone, parade-goers will be required to follow specific rules and many items will be strictly prohibited. Items listed in the “NO” column cannot be brought into the enhanced security zone. Items in the “YES” column will be allowed.
Due to the number of restrictions in the enhanced security zone, the City is providing bleacher seating for parade-goers in this area.
All parade-goers will be able to purchase items from stores that are open inside the secure zone. In addition, four food trucks will be operating within the secure zone; two will be in Johnson square and two will be in Wright Square. If you have questions about the security enhancements for the Vice President’s visit and how it will impact the parade, please call 3-1-1 or (912) 651-6565.