Dublin, Georgia, St. Patrick's Day Parade
5 Must-See St. Patrick’s Day Events in Georgia
The girl next to me is applying bright red lipstick, very thickly. She passes it to her friend, who in a hurried shuffle does the same just as the boys in uniform come marching down the street. The two rush out from the crowd seeking an especially fresh-faced cadet and laying big fat smooches on his cheeks, leaving perfect lip imprints on the young man’s blushing face. It must be St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.
Savannah's St. Patrick’s Day Parade is world-renowned and definitely something you must see at least once in your lifetime, but several other Georgia cities celebrate the wearing of the green in a big way. Here are a few.
Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade
Just down the coast from the streets of Savannah, along the ocean, is Tybee Island. Tybee does its own version of the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 9 that includes family-friendly floats, marchers and musical bands, all with a quirky Tybee Island bent. So, grab your green, and head to the beach.
Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
One of the oldest in the country, Atlanta’s parade dates back to 1858. This year's event on March 16 features Irish dancers and even storm troopers in kilts. Unfortunately, there isn’t a tradition of kissing cadets who march, but you can be part of the world’s largest Irish flag as it closes the parade down Peachtree. (Read these tips for navigating parades in Midtown Atlanta.)
St. Patrick’s Festival, Dublin
When you live in Dublin, you pretty much have to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style. The Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival runs Feb. 15 – March 31. Festival goers will enjoy numerous events, including the Irish Balloon Fest & Glow on March 8-9. Balloons launch in the morning, with a glow from around 6:30 p.m. And, on March 16, see the town come out to celebrate all things shamrock at the St. Patrick's Parade.
Shamrock City, Lookout Mountain
Visit Rock City Gardens March 9-10 & 16-17 to see the High Falls flowing green, learn how to dance an Irish jig, and sample traditional food and drink while you stroll through the gardens in bloom.