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St. Patrick’s Day Celebration in Savannah

The return of Savannah’s legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2024. This popular event is the second largest in the U.S., drawing crowds of roughly 300,000 people from all over the country! And this year marks the 200th anniversary, so it’s sure to be extra special. The parade features elaborate floats, marching bands, and traditional dancers in a spectacular celebration of Irish heritage as they make their way through much of the historic district.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Marchers

The parade begins at around 10:15 a.m. at the intersection of Gwinnett and Abercorn Street, but road closures will start as early as 6:30 a.m., so be sure to plan ahead. Dedicated attendees even camp out along the parade route to ensure the best views! The parade is free, family friendly, and lasts about four hours. Some street parking is available but be mindful of road closures. Walking is always encouraged.

As popular as the parade is, there’s even more fun holiday events leading up to it, including the Greening of Forsyth Fountain on March 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Celtic Cross Ceremony in Emmet Square on March 10 followed by the Celtic Cross Reception at 2:30 p.m., and mass at The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist on March 16 at 8:00 a.m. As an added convenience, the parade begins shortly after the service in front of the church’s steps on Abercorn Street.

So head to the Low Country, don’t forget to pack your green garb, beads, and headgear, and get ready for one of the most exciting, fun and energizing experiences of a lifetime. More information here.

Photos courtesy of visitsavannah.com and stayinsavannah.com.

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