We're Counting Down to St. Patrick's Day
March is here! For the rest of the country, they might be thinking spring has sprung, but here in Savannah we know March means the start of the best season of the year: St. Patrick’s Day.
It seems the celebrations grow bigger and bigger every year, and this year doesn’t seem to be slowing down. With the big day falling on a Thursday, you know the crowds are going to break records. Plus, the festival will last all weekend! Meaning even more opportunities to show your Irish pride (even if you aren’t even remotely Irish).
Whatever your heritage or ancestral background, March 17th is the one day of the year everyone is allowed to be Irish. In Savannah, you’re permitted (even encouraged) to be Irish all of March. St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is the celebration to end all celebrations in the South, exciting and inviting visitors and the community to get their green on and make merry all month long. We’ve made it easy for you to get your green on with a list of this week’s events and festivities coordinated by date.
Wednesday, March 16:
- Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony: On the eve of the big day, gather together with members of Savannah’s Irish community in Madison Square at 4:30 to honor our military, past and present. Sergeant Jasper was a Revolutionary War hero whose parents came to the colonies from Ireland. The central monument in Madison Square honors Jasper and the men in the Irish jasper greens.
Thursday, March 17th (the Big Day):
- The 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The iconic headliner, Savannah’s famous annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, will be held Thursday March 17th come rain or shine. The parade will kick off promptly at 10:15 a.m. just a block east from Forsyth Park and continue through the streets of a green-tinted Savannah. The parade route travels up Abercorn, turns onto Broughton, goes up East Broad, promenades down Bay, then finishes down Bull at 2:30 p.m. Ranked the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States behind New York City, Savannah’s procession of “Erin Go Bragh” brings together family, friends, and fun. More than 300,000 people are expected to visit and enjoy the city-wide festivities.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, March 17, 18, and 19th:
- The 2016 River Street St. Patrick’s Day Festival: Also included in the Shamrock shenanigans is the River Street St. Patrick’s Day Festival running Thursday, March 17, 2016 through Saturday, March 19 from 10am to midnight each festival day. The festival will feature various vendors with gifts and goodies as well as bands performing live music on stages all over downtown Savannah including the Savannah River and City Market.
Guests visiting the St. Patrick’s Day Festival can stop by to show their support for the Bud Light Party at their campaign headquarters on River Street. All aspiring supporters need do is follow the blue lights along the Abercorn Street Ramp to find a Club Bullies DJ’s, a social media video board, campaign activities, giveaways and more for all Bud Light Party goers. Though there “ain’t no party like the Bud Light Party,” be sure to take a break from the campaign rally to enjoy the Savannah Coca-Cola food court plaza and a dance party at the Budweiser “This Buds for You” zone. Local and regional bands will be performing from 11 a.m. to midnight on the Bud Light Live Music Stage on Rousakis Riverfront Plaza featuring the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Cabana.
There are countless ways for locals and visitors to embrace their inner Irish throughout the month of March in Savannah. Whether you are in search of a party that’s rocking until the wee hours of the morning or something a little more laid back, there are plenty of crowd pleasers to thrill and entertain the lively leprechaun in everyone. Don’t forget to greet the day with lots of green and a hearty, “Sona lá st Pádraig,” or “Erin go bragh!”