The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held every year on March 17th is one of the largest in the United States. Marching bands, dancers and people riding elaborate floats come to Savannah from all over the country to participate in the parade. Locals and visitors look forward to the parade all year – it’s one of Savannah’s most famous events!
Although the parade begins promptly at 10:15 am, road closures will start as early as 6:30 am. Take a look at the road closures before you leave, so you can re-route your travel plans and make it to the parade on time. Stop by a Visitor Information Center to grab a map and navigate the Historic District with ease. Once the parade starts, there is no stopping it, and you don’t want to miss any of the magical moments.
With the road closures, crowds of people, and chairs and coolers to carry, it’s a good idea to have a parking game plan. If you’re attending the parade with a group of people, carpool as much as possible. For only $20, you can park at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center and take a free ferry ride to River Street. No car? No problem! If you’re coming from outside the Historic District or the airport, hop on board the city’s official shuttle bus.
St Patrick’s Day Attire
Many St. Patrick’s Day parade veterans will be decked out in crazy costumes, bright wigs, and face and body paint. It’s tempting to join in on the costume fun, but if you’re a first-timer, we suggest dressing in weather-appropriate clothes made for comfort. Wear shoes meant for walking and bring a pair of sunglasses or a hat. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear green!
What to Bring
St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is the biggest parade in the southeast, lasting almost four hours. Be sure to bring a chair, water and plenty of shareable snacks to keep you and your group satisfied throughout the day.
Once you’ve got all of your bases covered, it’s time to have some fun! Grab some green beads, dance to the percussionists and bagpipes, and get your camera ready for one of the silliest, exciting and greenest days of your life.