St Patrick’s Day in SAVANNAH!

Posted By Charissa / August 15, 2018 / / 8 Comments

Event Details

The St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Savannah, GA is a day packed with Irish heritage, great music, lots of fun and lots of green. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held every year on March 17th (2019 PARADE WILL BE HELD MARCH 16TH), 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!

Parade Route
Although the parade begins promptly at 10:15am, road closures will start as early as 6:30am. 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.

Have fun!
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.



  • karencpittman
    February 18, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Can vendors set up? Where would that be allowed and who should I contact?

    • Charissa
      February 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      No, the City of Savannah is extremely strict as almost 1 million people will be on the street.

  • kim
    February 10, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Would spending the day on the Island to get away from garage crowds be a good idea. Just in town for a few days and was wanting to just relax more than deal with crowds, parades and such…

    • Charissa
      February 12, 2019 at 11:25 am

      A lot of people choose to head to the beach to get away from downtowns crowd. 🙂

  • Mary Thompson
    February 18, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Was interested in spending the day on Tybee Island or the 17th, will there be any activities on the island?

    • Charissa
      February 19, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Hi Mary,
      There are no special events planned but the bars and restaurants will have entertainment.

  • danielle
    January 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Is there a shuttle or planned transportation from Tybee Island to Savannah for the parade day?

    • Charissa
      January 30, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      There always is. We will ask for the info from Old Savannah Tours and post it.

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