Why is St. Patrick’s Day so big in Savannah?

Posted on March 14, 2015 by

The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in 1813, so the festivities have had almost 200 years to grow. There was a significant Irish population when Savannah was founded and the community has held onto and continued to celebrate their heritage. The Irish celebrations aren’t confined to St. Patrick’s Day, but kick off in the middle of February and continue through the end of March. The weather is very mild and lends itself to an enjoyable party atmosphere, especially since downtown Savannah has an open-container policy, that allows adults to walk around town with alcoholic beverages in hand.