Your Ultimate Guide to
St. Patrick’s Day in the South
March is a month marked by longer days, warmer winds and the world’s greatest green celebration. Let’s be honest, we can all use a little luck o’ the Irish right about now, so we’re all the more fortunate that March is finally here. While Savannah is heralded for the third-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, there’s no shortage of St. Paddy’s flair here on Tybee. With sun, sand, and sea, the island is an ideal place to celebrate Ireland’s foremost patron saint. Whether you grew up river-dancing to traditional Celtic tunes or haven’t even one drop of Irish blood, St. Patrick’s Day is a festive day of fun for all. Between Tybee and Savannah, there’s plenty to do this time around, so don your best shamrock frocks and get ready to get green. Here’s your guide to St. Patrick’s Day Southern style.
photo courtesy of Tybee Vacation Rentals
Greening of the Fountain
To begin the holiday week, the city transforms Savannah into a veritable shamrock, turning all of the fountains green. The Forsyth Park Fountain hosts a celebratory event for the “greening,” which is held by the St. Patrick’s Day committee. Join in the fun at Forsyth Park for the Greening of the Fountain as the flowing clear waters become a sparkling emerald green. This annual tradition takes place on Friday, March 6th at noon.
Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade
Tybee Island is hosting the first parade of St. Patrick’s season on Saturday, March 14 from 3 to 5 pm. Now in its 18th year, the annual Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade is two hours of awesome jam-packed with music, marchers and so much more. The family-friendly float fest starts at Tybee City Hall and travels down Butler Avenue to Tybrisa Street. Wear your brightest green garb and come ready to party at the parade!
An Evening with Harry O’Donoghue
Living legend Harry O’Donoghue will grace the Tybee Post Theater Stage on March 15 at 7 pm in tribute to Irish heritage and music. A world-renowned Irish folksinger, songwriter and storyteller, O’Donoghue is sure to deliver an engaging and energetic performance that will leave a lasting impression. Enjoy inspired folk songs of Ireland pride and expect to be delighted by his quick-witted humor in between sets. Be sure to purchase your tickets before they’re sold out.
Festival of St. Patrick
St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is a three-day, city-wide, non-stop party. From March 13 through March 15, Savannah goes green like no other town on this side of the dixie line. Historic River Street is the place to be during the ‘Festival of St. Patrick’ which takes place the weekend before parade day. Over 30 acts will perform across five stages – three along Savannah’s Waterfront and two in City Market – over the three-day festival. The types of music are wide-ranging and include Classic and Southern Rock, Oldies, Americana, New and Alternative Country, Pop Hits, Rhythm and Blues, and Funk and Soul. The full lineup along with the new digital festival map, wristband rules, food & drink, and other festival information can be found here.
Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the green party of a lifetime. The parade kicks off at 10:15 am on March 17. With literally hundreds of floats, it’s a spectacular event bursting with Irish Pride. After the parade go to town with your to-go cup! More than 300,000 Irish charmers make their way to Savannah for the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For the whole scoop on St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah, check out the festival hub. See you there!
Other St. Patrick’s Day Events:
Friday, March 6, 2020 | 6 p.m.
Every year in Ellis Square, about 2,000 runners and walkers kick off St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah with a 5K through Downtown Savannah. All participants receive a Shamrock Run 5K T-shirt with registration, which is $25-$35. All proceeds benefit the mission of the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies.
Irish Heritage Dance
Friday, March 6, 2020 | 8 p.m.
Kick-off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with the Irish Heritage Dance on Friday, March 6, 2020, at Alee Shriner’s Temple. Join in the fun with the Irish Heritage Society and see some of the area’s best Irish dancers, of all ages, show off their heritage, tradition, and talent at this fun event.