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How to Plan for St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

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The St. Patrick's Day parade in Chippewa Square.

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The pinnacle events of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day season are the Festival of St. Patrick and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Here’s everything you need to know to help you celebrate in Savannah this year. 

Out of an abundance of caution, the 2021 St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Festival of St. Patrick have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Festival of St. Patrick 

Over the weekend, visitors can enjoy live music, vendors and activities on Savannah’s Waterfront and in City Market. A festival zone will expand from River Street south to Broughton Street and from Broad Street west to Fahm Street. In order to carry open beverages and to-go cups within the festival zone during the festival dates, attendees must purchase official festival wristbands.

Enjoy live performances during the Festival of St. Patrick in Savannah. 

Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Each year, the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade draws a crowd of roughly 300,000 people to Savannah’s Historic District. Planning for the biggest event of the year can be intimidating, so here’s some useful information about what to expect on parade day. 

Getting Downtown on Parade Day

Visitors and locals have several options for safely getting downtown on parade day. If you choose to drive and plan to find on-street parking, be cognizant of the parade route and road closures. The city’s parking services department also offers pre-reserved special event parking passes to use in city garages.  

Drummers and bagpipers march in Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

To avoid the hassle of driving downtown altogether, opt for one of the many transportation options offered only on parade day. Chatham Area Transit (CAT) shuttles parade goers from Garden City, Whitemarsh Island and Southside for just $5 roundtrip. Kelly Tours also provides transportation from the Pooler area as well as a VIP experience which includes food, reserved parade seating, and more! 

Parking is also available at the Savannah Convention Center on Hutchinson Island, with free and easy access to the Historic District via the Savannah Belles Ferry

Uber, Lyft and taxi services will also be available on parade day.

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During the Parade

Once you've made it downtown on parade day, the fun really begins. A few helpful tips will ensure that you have an enjoyable and unforgettable St. Patrick's Day in Savannah.

Family and friends gather to watch the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade.

To start, be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. If you choose to pack a picnic, be mindful of city policies for setting up in parks and squares

Parade spectators are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up along the parade route. A limited number of bleacher seats are also available for reservation.

The city provides hundreds of public restrooms throughout the Historic District on parade day. To locate public bathroom stations along the parade route, check out this informative map. Savannah’s Visitor Information Centers are also equipped with restrooms.

Lastly, pay attention to parade barricades and use designated crossing points along the route.

Spectators at Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade.

March in Savannah means shades of green, kilted bagpipers and Irish-themed events all month long. With this information, you’ll be able to plan a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day celebration with your friends and family.

Below are some additional resources:

City of Savannah
Parking Services of Savannah
Savannah’s Waterfront
Savannah Police Department
Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee
 

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