People Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Savannah Goes Green: This Year’s St. Patrick’s Day Schedule of Events

Anyone who has a love for Savannah knows that St. Patrick’s Day is a major holiday here. While this wonderful celebration of Irish culture is observed throughout the world, the Hostess City has become almost synonymous with it. Of course, we can’t hold a candle to the festivities that Ireland itself undertakes. But stateside, we’d be willing to bet Savannah takes the cake when it comes to honoring the saint and his people. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is a month-long affair. Today, we’re going to give you a quick rundown of all the happenings, so you won’t miss a thing!

Greening of the Fountain on March 8th

Greening of the Fountain in Savannah

If you’re new to our fair city, this one might surprise you: we turn the famous Forsyth Park fountain green each year for St. Patrick’s Day! The annual ceremony features the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (more on that later) Grand Marshal. It’s an event many local families anticipate all year. You can imagine how delightful the little ones find the green fountain! If you want to participate, be sure to stop by 12 to 5 p.m. on March 8th.

Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade on March 9th

This family-friendly event is perfect for anyone looking to celebrate their lineage with a beautiful day outside! Clans and families march alongside bagpipers and more. It is a warm and joy-filled celebration. And after all, who says St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah can’t include a beach day? Enjoy this gathering from 3 to 5 p.m. and then catch some seaside rays!

Celtic Cross Ceremony on March 10th

In a procession from the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist to Emmet Park, local Irish families, the church’s parish members, and officials for the upcoming parade honor Savannah’s Irish history. If you have Irish lineage, this is a great event to connect with a smaller group of locals in your community. It will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Plant Riverside’s Shamrocks & Shenanigans From March 11th – 19th

Plant Riverside’s Shamrocks

Yes, you read that right! Our friends just down the waterfront are going all out this year! To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, Plant Riverside will host a nine-day festivity. It is free and open to the public! Take photos with Lucky the Leprechaun (be sure to bring the kids!). Dig into themed food and drinks. Enjoy riverfront entertainment stages with rotating performers. This spectacular happening is sure to delight your circle.

Jasper Green Ceremony on March 15th

Fully titled the Sergeant Williams Jasper Memorial Ceremony, this occasion is one of the most meaningful moments of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. Members of the Irish community come together in honor of military members, past and present. It takes place in Madison Square at 4 p.m.

Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist on March 16th

Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

At 8 a.m. sharp, a beautiful mass will take place in this historic cathedral. With an ample crowd that looks a vision in their best greens, this is something you’ll want to arrive early for—or you might not get a seat! St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah isn’t only about the green beer and marching band. Our local community shows up each year for this special mass. The parade will kick off right after!

St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16th

St. Patrick_s Day Parade

This might be the crème de la crème of the month’s festivities. If you reside in or are visiting Savannah, it will be difficult not to get involved in this citywide all-out celebration. From marching bands to the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, the entertainment will abound and spirits are always high! The parade covers most of the Historic District, but Visit Savannah also has an “everything you need to know” post to make things simple.

There you have it! St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is truly a unique and memorable experience. With a balance of reverent and meaningful occasions and just-plain-fun moments, the Hostess City calendar of St. Paddy’s events is pretty perfect, if you ask us.

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