St. Patrick's Day Events in Savannah

The Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts spectators from far and wide! 

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Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah! St. Patrick's Day is more like a season here in the Low Country, so check out these festive events to make your days (and not just March 17!) a little bit greener.

Greening of the Fountain ceremony at Forsyth Park


Greening of the Fountain

Even Savannah’s fountains wear green for St. Patrick’s Day! Each year, the famous Forsyth Park fountain goes green at a special ceremony featuring the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal. Friends, family and ceremony attendees work together to pour green dye into the fountain water. Don’t miss this unique Savannah event on March 8 at noon.


Irish Heritage Dance at the Alee Shrine Temple

Kick off your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with the Irish Heritage Society Dance on Friday, March 8 at Alee Shriner’s Temple. Dress to impress at this coat-and-tie event featuring some of the area’s best Irish dancers of all ages showing off their heritage, tradition and talent.

Shamrock Run in Ellis Square


Shamrock Run

Spend the evening of March 8 alongside fellow Savannahians decked out in their most festive and fun St. Patrick’s Day attire at The March of Dimes Shamrock Run in Ellis Square. The 5K is both kid and dog-friendly, and participants can also enjoy military and student discounts.


Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade

Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade

Tybee Island will hold a family-friendly Irish Heritage Parade on Saturday, March 9. Come decked out in your kelly green and enjoy a day on the island watching Irish clans and families march along with bagpipers and other Irish-themed entertainment. 

Savannah Shamrock Rugby Club 


St. Patrick's Day Rugby Tournament

If you’re looking for ‘a gentleman’s game played by hooligans,’ look no further than the Savannah Shamrock Rugby Club St. Patrick’s Day Tournament. This year the tournament will be held in Daffin Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. The tournament attracts teams from all over the U.S. and features both men’s and women’s teams, military teams and even an “Ole Boys” category for the well-seasoned players. Spectators get in on the excitement as much as the players, so bring your loudest cheering voice.

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Celtic Cross Ceremony 


Celtic Cross Ceremony in Emmet Square

During the annual Celtic Cross Ceremony, St. John the Baptist parish members, local Irish families and St. Patrick’s Day parade officials process from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist to Emmet Park to honor Savannah's Irish lineage. This year's ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 10.

Jasper Green Ceremony in Madison Square


Jasper Green Ceremony in Madison Square

Members of the Irish community gather to honor our military past and present at the annual Sergeant William Jasper Memorial Ceremony which takes place the day before St. Patrick’s Day in Madison Square. In the center of the square, a monument stands to honor Jasper and the men he served with in the Revolutionary War.


St. Patrick's Day Fire Ball

St. Patrick's Day Fire Ball

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend on Friday, March 15 at the annual St. Patrick's Day Charity Fire Ball. Local firefighters will welcome their newest members, honor those who have recently retired and acknowledge national and international departments in attendance. Held at Savannah Station, the event is open to the public and proceeds benefit the Savannah Fallen Firefighter's Fund. Come out and meet our Savannah firefighters as well as many firefighters from across the world while enjoying an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and live music and dancing! 


St. Patrick's Day Festival at River Street & City Market

Unleash your irish side at City Market's annual St. Patrick's Day celebration!

With stages at both City Market and River Street, join in festive Irish fun with live music, food trucks, food and beverage vendors and other excitement at the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Festival. Events will be ongoing from March 15 and 16.

St. Patrick's Day mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist


Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist kicks off the St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah! Service begins promptly at 8 a.m.; you’ll have to arrive early to get a seat! The city’s parade and festivities begin shortly after service in front of the church steps on Abercorn Street. 


Saint Patrick's Day Parade

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, hosted on March 16, 2019, is what many consider to be the quintessential Savannah St. Patrick’s Day experience. Featuring area service members, marching bands from all over the United States and even the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, the parade line-up is jam-packed with delightful entertainment. Beginning around 10:15 a.m. and lasting several hours, the route winds through much of the Historic District. Be sure to arrive early, claim your vantage point, and be ready to stay the day. And ladies, don’t forget your favorite shade of red lipstick! It's tradition for spectators to run out to smooch their special service members and parade participants along the side of the route. 

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