Savannah’s 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Friday, March 17, 2017 | 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 Friday, March 17, 2017 for Savannah’s 193rd 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 187 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. The 2017 parade route has not been announced this year, but it tends to go along the same streets each year, with only slight changes from from year to year.
Bleacher seating is available at three locations on the parade route, thanks to Kelly Tours. Seats can be reserved in advance and cost $30-$45 per person. For more information about bleacher seating, call Kelly Tours at (912) 964-2010 or go to kellytours.com.
Both Kelly Tours and CAT (Chatham Area Transit) will be offering shuttles from the Greater Savannah area to the Historic District for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. On Friday, March 17, 2017, CAT will have $5 roundtrip shuttle passes available for purchase. These shuttles will be going to downtown from 7-11 a.m. and leaving downtown from noon-4 p.m. The following pick-up and drop-off locations will be available through CAT:
• Westside – Pickup at Westside Shopping Center, Hwy. 80 in Garden City. Drop off at the Transit Center.
• Eastside – Pickup at Island Towne Centre, Hwy. 80 on Whitemarsh Island. Drop off at Oglethorpe & Houston.
• Southside – Pickup at Savannah Mall, Abercorn & Apache. Drop off at the Transit Center.
Kelly Tours will be offering $20 roundtrip shuttle service from Molly MacPherson’s in Pooler, located at 110 Towne Centre Blvd., to Downtown Savannah on Friday with shuttles running pick-ups every hour on the half hour starting at 7:30 a.m. and drop-offs downtown every hour on the hour ending at midnight. They will also run shuttles on Thursday and Saturday with pick-ups every hour on the half hour starting at 11:30 a.m. and drop-offs downtown every hour on the hour ending at midnight.
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, also known as a “Control Zone.” To party with a pint in hand all festival-goers must buy a wristband at one of many booth locations downtown. There will be different wristbands for each day, so 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. >>