Savannah puts on the second-largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the United States

St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

Savannah puts on the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the United States (behind only New York City), with bands and marching groups from across the country.

What started as a private observance of St. Patrick’s Day by Savannah’s Hibernian Society in 1813 is now a three-to-four-hour parade drawing 400,000 visitors from all over the world. But the fun isn’t limited to just one parade – Savannah also hosts the largest St. Patrick’s Day party in the South over several days. You’ll want to get an early start in Savannah, as the excitement starts to build days before celebrations begin.

Additional St. Patrick's Day Activities

Festivities begin with the Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park in the Historic District, where the water is dyed green and flows from the mouths of statues until after the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Partygoers will enjoy the lively Celebration on the River with nonstop music (Celtic and otherwise), food and cold beverages along River Street, as well as the City Market Celebration, another two-day party in the Historic District.

Where to Stay in Savannah

Enjoy some Southern hospitality at the The Gastonian, an award-winning B&B two blocks from Forsyth Park, or River Street Inn, a historic hotel overlooking the Savannah River.
The Gastonian: 220 E. Gaston St., 912-232-2869, 800-322-6603
The River Street Inn: 124 E. Bay St., 912-234-6400, 800-253-4229

Tips from locals

  • Arrive early for the parade for a good viewing spot. Some people arrive as early as 6 a.m. in the downtown squares. If you have children, Abercorn Street is ideal; if you prefer a party atmosphere, give Bay Street a try. The easiest spot for a good view is along Broughton Street, but bring sunscreen and/or a hat because there is little shade.
  • Use a shuttle to get to the parade if possible. Shuttle service is available on the day of the parade. Parking lots and garages are available, but they fill up quickly.
  • Make hotel reservations early. Accommodations on the parade route go the quickest. Call hotels directly to find out what’s available.
Published: December 2014