St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah

Every St. Patrick’s Day, from the fountains to the streets and from the people to the beverages, everything in Savannah turns green. Savannah, Georgia, is proud to host the nation’s 2nd Largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We cannot wait to have you join everyone in celebrating Savannah’s rich Irish heritage.

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Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

On March 17th*, after the Feast of St. Patrick’s Day Mass, outside the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade begins. After the Grand Marshal’s blessing on the cathedral steps, the parade winds its way through the historic downtown district.

Hours before the festivities begin, Locals and vacationers alike are up early, ready and waiting to claim their traditional spots each year. Savannah’s beautiful historic squares make for perfect tailgating lots, while the sidewalks along the route are great for general viewing.

Luckily, our guests (and their 4-legged family members) don’t have to go far or camp out super early to find a great spot to watch the parade, as the route passes directly in front of our hotels on Bay Street.

Be sure to bring something comfy to sit on and grab a spot!

*Parade may fall on the 16th or 18th if the 17th is a Sunday

Click below to see images from the 2022 St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Greeting the Sailors at the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade


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Holiday Inn Express Savannah Historic District

This Southern contemporary style hotel in Savannah is located on East Bay Street and Abercorn Street. We’re within easy walking distance to River Street, the Pink House, as well as dozens of boutiques, restaurants, and Savannah’s famed squares. Stay awhile and enjoy our roof-top viewing area and pool and Free Hot Breakfast!

Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District

Newly Renovated Rooms!

At the intersection of Bay and Abercorn, in the heart of the Savannah historic district is where old Southern charm and modern amenities meet. We are easy walking distance to River Street, City Market, shops, restaurants, and galleries. The hotel was built with traditional Savannah grey brick and the graceful lobby is furnished with beautiful antiques and heart pine floors. Now Pet Friendly!

The Greening of the Fountains

It is a Savannah tradition to dye all of the fountains in the city green! At the official celebration, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and local children pour green dye into the water at the Forsyth Fountain. When, by some kind of magic, all of the fountains in the city squares and along the riverfront turn green!

This fun celebration officially marks the beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities! The fountains tend to remain green until a few days after the parade, so be sure to explore the squares and make your own lasting memories.

The Greening of the Fountains usually begins the Friday before St. Patrick’s Day at 4:00pm at the Forsyth Park Fountain.

Check out our past St. Patrick’s Day photo galleries

Upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Events