Get ready to sham-rock and roll, because in Savannah, St. Patrick's Day turns everyone into honorary Irish folk! This holiday isn't just a one-day affair; it's a full-blown season in the Low Country. So ditch the leprechaun costume and check out these pot of gold-worthy events to keep the festivities going (and your cheeks a little more emerald) all year round!
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, hosted on March 16, 2024, is what many consider to be the quintessential Savannah St. Patrick’s Day experience. Featuring area service members, marching bands from all over the United States and even the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, the parade line-up is jam-packed with delightful entertainment. Beginning around 10:15 a.m. and lasting several hours, the route winds through much of the Historic District. Be sure to arrive early, claim your vantage point, and be ready to stay the day. For everything you need to know about Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade, click here.
Even Savannah's fountains wear green for St. Patrick's Day! Each year, the famous Forsyth Park fountain goes green at a special ceremony featuring the St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal. Friends, family and ceremony attendees work together to pour green dye into the fountain water. Don't miss this unique Savannah event on March 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist kicks off the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah! Service begins promptly at 8 a.m. on March 16; you'll have to arrive early to get a seat! The city's parade and festivities begin shortly after service in front of the church's steps on Abercorn Street.
During the annual Celtic Cross Ceremony, St. John the Baptist parish members, local Irish families and St. Patrick's Day parade officials process from the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist to Emmet Park to honor Savannah's Irish lineage. This year's ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 10, followed by the Celtic Cross Reception at 2:30 p.m.
Members of the Irish community gather to honor our military past and present at the annual Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony, which takes place the day before St. Patrick's Day on March 15 in Madison Square. In the center of the square, a monument stands to honor Jasper and the men he served with in the Revolutionary War.
Plant Riverside District will host a nine-day St. Pat's celebration that is free and open to the public from March 11-19. There will be lots of family-friendly events this year, including photos with Lucky the Leprechaun, themed food and drinks and live music on two riverfront stages.
Tybee Island will hold a family-friendly Irish Heritage Parade on Saturday, March 11. Come decked out in your Kelly green and enjoy a day on the island watching Irish clans and families march along with bagpipers and other Irish-themed entertainment.