The St. Patrick's Day celebration in Savannah, Georgia is the city's largest annual celebration and the second largest St. Patrick's Day gathering in the United States. Attracting roughly 400,000 Irish and honorary Irish visitors and local celebrators each year, Savannah's St. Patrick's Day traditions are steeped in the area's rich Irish heritage.
Likened by some observers and participants to a Mardi Gras celebration, the spirited St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah go on for several days. The comparison to Mardi Gras ends when it comes to displays of public nudity, however, which in Savannah will "get you arrested."
St. Patrick's Day was first celebrated in Savannah in 1813, when the local Hibernian Society planned a private gathering. Today, the popular St. Patrick's Day Parade and other fun Irish themed events attract visitors from around the United States and from around the world. Most visitors plan to arrive a few days early or stay a few days after St. Patrick's Day to enjoy Savannah and to take part in as many celebrations as possible. For families, there are a number of sanctioned family-friendly events, normally scheduled to take place prior to the parade.
Photos of Previous St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Savannah
Planning for a St. Patrick's Day Visit to Savannah
When is St. Patrick's Day? - St. Patrick's Day is observed each year on March 17, except in very rare exceptions when March 17 falls during Holy Week, as occurred in 2008. Even in those unique cases, many non-religious St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the globe continue to take place on March 17. For travel planning, it may help to know on which day of the week March 17 falls. To find out, see this listing of future St. Patrick's Day / March 17 days of the week.
Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Celebrations - Many St. Patrick's Day themed events are planned in Savannah each year, including religious ceremonies and traditional cultural festivities. Popular highlights that visitors may enjoy include the annual Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park, the Tara Feis Irish Celebration, the exciting St. Patrick's Day parade, River Street and City Market celebrations, plus more. For more about popular event highlights, visit this Savannah St. Patrick's Day Events Schedule, which is updated each year.
Booking a Hotel Room - Because of the popularity of St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, it is important to book your hotel room as early as possible. Many hotels accept reservations as early as a year in advance and most of Savannah's available rooms are filled by March 1st or earlier. See: Savannah Hotels - Information, Reviews and Compare Prices.
Getting to Savannah - Savannah is located in northeastern Georgia, along the Savannah River, which forms the border between Georgia and South Carolina. Downtown Savannah is just east of I-95 and is the eastern terminus for I-16, which runs from downtown Macon. See: Mileage and Estimated Driving Tome to Savannah.
Also see: Savannah - Hilton Head International Airport and compare prices for flights.