Some people believe that there’s no more exciting time to visit Savannah than St. Patrick’s Day. If you booked a flight on an air charter service or plane to go to Savannah this March for St. Patrick’s Day, you’re in for some unparalleled revelry and fun. The city of Savannah has been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for 188 years, and each year’s celebration and parade is even more exciting than the previous year’s. St. Patrick’s Day is such a big deal in Savannah that locals begin celebrating two weeks prior to the actual arrival of St. Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah is the second largest one in the country and attracts people from every U.S. state and every continent in the world. Here are some things you should know about the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Savannah:
Savannah’s patron saint is Patrick, and celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is a big part of Savannah’s cultural history. In fact, Savannah locals (especially those of Irish descent) have been parading for St. Patrick each year since 1813. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah was held a mere 80 years after the city of Savannah was officially founded.
In the two weeks before the official parade, the public can attend a number of events, including the Investiture of the Grand Marshal, which is when the name of the Grand Marshal of the parade is announced. All of the events prior to the parade are related to celebrating Savannah’s Irish roots and passing along the tradition of the parade.
The official parade starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. every St. Patrick’s day. The parade lasts over three hours. Those marching include nationally and internationally renowned bands, divisions of the U.S. military, and the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Many of the bars, restaurants, and shops in Savannah will have St. Patrick Day specials the day of the parade and for a week or so before the parade. St. Patrick’s Day is something the whole city celebrates, so don’t be surprised if you walk into a restaurant and are greeted by a lot of people wearing green!