The Ultimate Guide to St. Patrick’s Day in the South

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.

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:

March of Dimes Shamrock Run

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.

Celtic Woman and A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 7 p.m.

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum international music group CELTIC WOMAN with 15 phenomenal years of music-making will be at the JOHNNY MERCER THEATRE. The four fantastic CELTIC WOMAN soloists – Tara McNeill on fiddle and Irish harp who weaves her magic around the spine-tingling voices of Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon, and Megan Walsh – touch the hearts of a global audience with the centuries-old Irish tradition of telling stories through song: stories of the land, stories of love, and stories of dancing that bring a piece of Ireland to audiences everywhere. Joined by a stunning band of two pipers, two drummers, traditional step-dancers, and backing vocalists, CELTIC WOMAN celebrates Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage and combines the finest musical talent with epic stage productions to present a unique, inspiring live experience.

Celtic Cross Ceremony and Reception

Sunday, March 15, 2020 | 1 p.m. | Emmet Park, East Bay St.

Every year, Irish Catholics join together to celebrate their heritage with family and friends in a ceremony at Emmet Park at the Celtic cross statue. Bagpipes play as different members of the Irish community speaks about the past, present, and future. It’s a tradition and way of honoring the Irish community that isn’t going away any time soon.

St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball

Friday, March 13, 2020 | 6-10 p.m.

IAFF Savannah Firefighters invite you to come out and meet your Savannah Firefighters and firefighters from all across the world at Savannah Station. With an open bar, heavy hor d’ourves and live music, this year’s hottest party – the St. Patrick’s Day Fire Ball – is a great way to kick-start your celebrations. Guests will be treated to open bar with beer, wine and premium brands of liquor, hors d’ oeuvre stations, silent auction, raffle prizes and dancing to live music.

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