Parade crowds will sweep into the historic district, the fountain in Forsyth Park will run green, and Irish stouts will flow all over town. This year’s Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah promises to be one of the largest and liveliest in America. Join the half-million revelers anticipated to hit the historic streets to celebrate the Irish holiday. The city’s southern hospitality, warm weather, and multi-day festivities make it a far better destination than the colder Northern towns. Just be safe and wear green to avoid the Leprechaun’s pinch. They’re bigger in Savannah.
March 17 at 10:15 A.M.
But go early!
Marching bands accompanied by haunting bagpipes, tireless dancers in crazy costumes, and brightly colored floats so elaborate they rival those of Mardi Gras. This family-friendly parade is pure fun for a straight three to four hours. To make the most of your experience, pack some sunscreen and follow these tips. The parade begins at 10:15 in the morning, but road closures start as early as 6:30 a.m. So go early and stake your claim along the parade route. Abercorn Street is ideal for families, Bay can get a little rowdy, Broughton may be one of the easiest spots for a nice view, or simply reserve a bleacher starting at $35. There are a number of public garages, but consider using the convenient shuttle to avoid traffic. You’ll find the parade route, road closures, parking, shuttles, and bleacher rentals in our full guide to Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah.
The floats may be gone, but the day’s festivities have only just begun. Follow the crowds down to the cobblestones of River Street or to the pedestrian-friendly City Market to keep the good times going. In both historic settings, you’ll find live music stages, plus lots of options for food and drink. Take advantage of Savannah’s open-container policy and grab a Guinness to-go at one of these Savannah pubs and bars, most within walking distance of downtown. Pro tip: the city will expand the to-go cup zone for Saint Patrick’s Day only.
Greening of the Fountain
It goes quickly. In about 30 minutes or less, the water in the 170-year-old fountain in Forsyth Park goes green to mark the beginning of the St. Patrick’s season in Savannah. Even if you don’t join the Grand Marshall of the parade for the greening ceremony in early March, you may still want to visit for a selfie in front of the iron emerald jewel of Forsyth Park. The green water spewing from the white triton horns of this iconic Savannah landmark makes an incredibly post-worthy backdrop.
To score the pot of gold in accommodations, you’ll need more than a four-leafed clover. You need reservations. And now. Saint Patrick’s Day draws thousands of visitors, and 2023 promises to be no exception. So visit StayinSavannah.com to book your hotel now.Plan Your Stay