The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah is one of the largest celebrations in the country. All across the U.S., there are parades and festivities in honor of Saint Patrick, but Savannah’s lasts the better part of a week, takes over the whole town, and has been going strong since 1813. There are family friendly events as well as irish beer, so whatever kind of St. Patrick’s Day celebration you are looking for will be out there. Here are just a few things you may want to check out if you’re in the area around March 17:
All the festivities start off with the “greening” of the fountain at Forsyth park. Hundreds of St. Patrick’s Day enthusiasts gather around the fountain to watch tiny tinctures of dye dropped into the water, turning it bright green for the week. In fact, all the local fountains are turned green during St. Patrick’s in Savannah, as a way to remind everyone what time of year it is. This event is free, and a fun way to begin festivities.
Another experience that is a great time for everyone is the Tara Feis Irish Festival. Tara Feis is an outdoor fair with a live stage and plenty of room for other activities and performances. You can find food, music, dancing, crafts, games and much more. It’s a great way for the whole family to appreciate Irish heritage and culture, since there will also be a lot for children to enjoy, such as puppet shows and classic Irish Storytelling. There’s no entry fee, and the stage shows include first rate cultural music and dance.
Of course, no one should miss Savannah’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade. It is now the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in America, following only Boston, and has been going strong since the beginning of the 19th century (with the exception of a couple wartime breaks). Savannah’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is full of Irish tradition and cultural expression, so it is worth getting a seat on the parade route.
photo credit: Bruce Tuten