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A Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, GA

StPatricksDayThe biggest time of year for Savannah, GA is right around the corner. Celebrations start March 13 and will continue through March 17. Hundreds of thousands of visitors, 400,000 by some estimates, will pour into the Hostess City of the South for one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day events in the country.

The big attraction will be the 191st St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Savannah. The parade lineup includes the Irish Air Corps Pipe & Drums and the Virginia Military Institute. You’ll need to get to a good seat early to enjoy one of the longest St. Patrick’s Day’s parades in the country. For an idea of where to find a good spot, take a look at the parade route. The parade starts at 10:15AM on March 17th and typically lasts between two and three hours.

Other highlight events include Greening of the Fountain on March 13th at noon in Forsyth Park. This event is geared towards families, but watching this historic fountain will be a fun event for everyone.

For family friendly fun, try Tara Feis a local Irish celebration complete with Irish music, dancers, and traditional Irish food. Held in beautiful Emmet Park on Saturday it’s in the heart of the city and convenient to other attractions.

The center of the action in the days leading up to the parade is River Street. 36 city blocks will be blocked off for a large block party celebration complete with food and drink vendors, performers and revelers. Bands will perform on five different stages from Saturday through Tuesday night. Think of it as a green-themed Mardi Gras. When it’s time for lunch, you’ll have no problem finding a place among the 20 restaurants and bars on River Street. Some of the favorite ‘local’ watering holes are Kevin Barry’s on River Street and O’Connell’s on Drayton Street. City Market will also be hopping with over 15 decked out food establishments prepared for the masses.  Many people will constantly move between the two hot spots. Live music will be playing at both City Market and River Street.

If you want to celebrate, but don’t want to be in the middle of the action, the Tybee Island Parade is also Saturday, March 14 at 3pm. For the first time, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be part of the parade.

As one of the South’s biggest events, St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is something to experience. For more information, visit the City of Savannah’s official site here.