2013 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Highlights
St. Patrick's Day, Savannah's largest annual celebration, features many popular events. If you are planning to visit Savannah for St. Patrick's Day, this schedule of highlighted events (updated each year) will help you plan your itinerary.
Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain
Friday, March 8, 2013 at Noon - When Savannah's lovely Fountain at Forsyth Park in the heart of the Savannah Historic District begins flowing bright green water, it is a sure sign that St. Patrick's Day is near. Every year, a Greening of the Fountain ceremony takes place, usually on the Friday before St. Patrick's Day. The green water flows from the fountain throughout the annual Savannah St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Tara Feis Irish Celebration
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013 - This free outdoor family-friendly celebration of Irish heritage and culture is traditionally held the weekend before St. Patrick's Day. Featured activities and live performances include Irish music, dancing, crafts, food and more. Presented by the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs, this lively event takes place at Emmet Park, which borders East Bay Street on the bluff overlooking the Savannah River.
St. Patrick's Day Mass
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - St. Patrick's Day Mass is celebrated at 8 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, located at 222 East Harris Street and Abercorn Street, just off Lafayette Square. The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia.
The Annual Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - The 189th Annual Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade, the second largest in the United States, steps off on St. Patrick's Day 2013 at 10:15 a.m. in Savannah's Historic District and lasts about three hours. Featuring more than 350 units, parade participants include U.S. military divisions, award-winning bands, marching units, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and much more.
Expect very large crowds and avoid trying to park anywhere near the parade. Good places to view the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade include the 600 block of Abercorn Street, Bull Street between Liberty and Harris Streets (near the reviewing stand), East Broad Street between Broughton and Bay Streets and Bay Street between East Broad and Bull streets.
Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Route Map
St. Patrick's Celebration on the River
Dates: March 15 - 16, 2013 - Historic River Street is where you can really get your green on with thousands and thousands of St. Paddy's Day party-goers. Typical features of this lively festival include non-stop Celtic, country, rock, pop and alternative musical entertainment, plus contests, games, food, cold beverages and more to add to the lively fun. This is a free event, however, in order to consume alcoholic beverages on the plaza, you must be at least 21 years old, show proper identification and purchase a wristband.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Savannah City Market
Dates: March 14 - 17, 2013 - Celebrate all things Irish at City Market, featuring live entertainment, food and beverage booths, souvenirs for sale and more. Admission is free and open to the public. Festivities begin Thursday, March 14th and take place as scheduled through Sunday, March 17th.