Here in Savannah, we take St. Patrick’s Day pretty seriously. For the past 190 years or so, Savannahians have taken to the streets to celebrate Irish heritage in what is now known as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation.
It truly is a sight to behold as the streets flood with green and locals and visitors from all over the globe gather to celebrate Irish pride with music, dancing and merriment to spare. The festivities are not just limited to the parade, however—in fact, you’ll find the celebrations begin a little early here in Savannah. Check out some of these events that will certainly get you in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit. Erin go Bragh!
Greening of the Fountain (March 9, 12 p.m.)
Join the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Committee as they start turning Savannah green by dyeing the iconic Forsyth Park fountain. This annual event is free and open to the public.
The March of Dimes Shamrock Run
(March 9, 6 p.m.)
Join in on the fun of the 26th Annual March of Dimes Shamrock Run 5K. The Shamrock Run is fun for all ages and even includes a Kids Run prior to the start of the 5K. Costumes are encouraged and dogs are always welcome. All of the proceeds from the Shamrock Run benefit the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies and moms. For more information, click here.
Savannah Shamrocks' St. Patrick's Day Rugby Tournament
Head to Daffin Park for the St. Patrick's Day Rugby Tournament in Savannah. As one of the largest rugby tournaments in the entire country, the Savannah Rugby Tournament hosts over 75 teams from all over the nation as well as teams from Canada, England, and Ireland. For more information, visit the Savannah Shamrocks' website.
Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade
(March 10, 3 p.m.)
Tybee Island will be decked out in green for the 16th Annual Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade. This fun, family-friendly parade is open to the public and will feature floats, marchers, and great musical bands. Don your finest green clothing and celebrate the Tybee way - the parade begins at 3 p.m. at Tybee City Hall and will proceed down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street.
St. Practice Day - St. Patrick's Day Themed Bar Crawl
(March 10, 4-11 p.m.)
Practice makes perfect, right? Gear up for St. Patrick's Day in Savannah by joining Staffords' Promotions for the "St. Practice Day" Bar Crawl. This is the perfect way to get ready for the big day while enjoying all that beautiful, historic Savannah has to offer. Go at your own pace and enjoy drink specials along the way, and make sure to wear green! For a list of participating bars or to sign up, click here.
Celtic Cross Mass, Ceremony & Reception (March 11, 11:30 a.m.)
Parade marshals and church members process from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to Emmet Park on Bay Street after 11:30 a.m. mass. The ceremony at the Celtic Cross Monument honors Savannah's residents of Irish lineage.
Budweiser Clydesdales at Grayson Stadium
(March 15-16, 5 p.m.)
Join the Savannah Bananas at Grayson Stadium to kick off St. Patrick's Day, and get a chance to see the famous Budweiser Clydesdales while you're at it. This free, family-friendly event will have music, yard games, and arts and crafts for kids. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Thursday's event will feature a parade around Daffin park, ending at Grayson Stadium. No tickets are needed. Click here for more information.
Sergeant William Jasper Green Memorial Ceremony
(March 16, 5 p.m.)
The annual Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony takes place the day before St. Patrick's Day in Madison Square, where a monument honors Jasper and his men. Members of the Irish community gather here to honor Jasper, who was a Revolutionary War hero, as well as all of our military from the past and present.
St. Patrick's Day Fire Ball
(March 16, 6-10 p.m.)
The Savannah Professional Firefighters Association invites you to join them for one of the most anticipated events of the year. Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend at Savannah Station, as the firefighters welcome the newest members, honor those who have recently retired, and acknowledge departments joining from around the world. All proceeds from this event benefit the Fallen Firefighter's Fund. Tickets are selling quick, so be sure to grab yours today. For more information, click here.
St. Patrick's Day Breakfast at the DeSoto Savannah
(March 17, 6:30 a.m.)
This year, skip the line and pre-order your wristband for the DeSoto Savannah's annual St. Patrick's Day breakfast buffet. Start the day off right with a full American breakfast including corned beef hash, green grits, and plenty of green glazed donuts courtesy of Baker's Pride. A wristband is required for breakfast, as well as all day bathroom access and fun, festive party favors. To purchase your ticket, click here.
St. Patrick's Day Parade
(March 17, 10:15 a.m.)
The day we've all been waiting for! With one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the country, Savannah sure knows how to celebrate St. Paddy's Day right. Visitors from all over the world (even Ireland!) come to Savannah to celebrate Irish heritage in the spirited, famous parade through Downtown Savannah. Floats and marching units will hit the streets promptly at 10:15 a.m., featuring more than 350 marching units and up to 15,000 people. For the parade route this year, visit the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee's website.
St. Patrick's Day Festival
March 16-17, 10 a.m. to midnight each day
The fun doesn't have to end after the parade is over. If you're looking for the ultimate St. Patrick's Day party, head down to River Street and City Market for some serious St. Paddy's Day shenanigans. There will be live entertainment, interactive artists, photo booths, and tons of food and beverage areas. Make sure you're wearing a wristband if you're looking to drink some green beer in the festival area, which stretches from River Street to Broughton Street, and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to East Broad Street. For more information, click here.