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

St patrick's day parade in charleston, south carolina.

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 11, 2022 – 4 p.m.

Tybee Island Irish Heritage Celebration Parade

Tybee Island is hosting the first parade of St. Patrick’s season on Saturday, March 12 from 3 to 5 pm. Now in its 19th 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!

Chloë Agnew – A St. Patrick’s Return

Chloë Agnew will return to the Tybee Post Theater for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, Saturday, March 12 at 8 pm with an all new show of original music and Irish cheer. Chloë Agnew is a singer, songwriter and actress from Dublin, Ireland. Shortly after the success of her second album ‘Walking in the Air’, Chloë was approached to become part of a new PBS production, Celtic Woman. Ten years later, Chloë held the dual title of being both one of the original members and the youngest performer of the group. She is rejoining the Celtic Woman tour “Postcards from Ireland” as a guest artist for the 2022 Spring Tour. Tickets

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

Celtic Cross Mass

Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 11:30 a.m.

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

Mass honoring the Irish immigrants that settled to the US and specifically Savannah

Celtic Cross Procession

Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 12:45 p.m.

Parade Route through the Old Fort area

Parade of Irish Families and Organizations at the end of mass through the Old Fort area of Savannah to the site of the Celtic Cross Monument in Emmet Park on Bay Street

Celtic Cross Ceremony

Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 1:30 p.m.

Celtic Cross monument in Emmet Park

Formal Ceremony Honoring the Irish in Savannah from the past, present, and future

Celtic Cross Reception

Sunday, March 13, 2022 – 2:30 p.m.

Morris Center

Ticketed reception to enjoy the day with fellow friends and family in the community, tickets can be purchased at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee office for $30 or for $35 at the door

Sgt. William Jasper Green Parade

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 4 p.m.

Parade Route on Bull to Madison Square

Parade with Grand Marshal and military bands leading to ceremony site in Madison Square

Sgt. William Jasper Green Ceremony

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 4:30 p.m.

Madison Square

Formal ceremony honoring Sgt. William Jasper Green and all military with or without Irish decent

Feast Day Mass of St. Patrick

Thursday, March 17, 2022 – 8 a.m.

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

Daily mass celebrating the feast day of St. Patrick

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