St. Patrick’s Season is Upon Us
It’s no secret that Savannah goes all out when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. People from all over the world flock to beautiful Historic downtown Savannah to celebrate. But in Savannah, St. Patrick’s Day is not limited to just one day in Savannah. Whatever kind of fun that you’re looking to have in Savannah, the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will have something for you. Make the most of your own time in Savannah during the St.Patrick’s Day festivities by booking a vacation rental. Booking a rental in Historic Downtown Savannah means that you’ll get to experience Savannah like a local. You’ll also be in easy walking distance from any number of the activities, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade that take place during the St. Patrick’s Day Festival.
For many, the St. Patrick’s Festival season begins with the Greening of the Fountain. While it is Savannah tradition to dye all of its fountain waters green for the St. Patrick’s Festival season, the ceremony kicks off with the most well-known fountain in Savannah — the fountain in Forsyth Park. This beautiful fountain has become a symbol of Savannah, and is an easily recognizable feature of the fair city. Of course, this fountain, and the rest that are scattered throughout Historic Downtown Savannah, all look even prettier with green water.
If you’re looking for an activity that’s a little, well, more active, then you can find plenty to keep you busy. Several runs/races are held throughout the St. Patrick’s Festival season. The March of Dimes Shamrock Run is always held on a Friday evening in Ellis Square. Participants dress in a variety of green costumes for the 5k, which goes through Downtown Savannah. The Craft Brew Races, held on Hutchinson Island, is a timed 5k that awards finishers with a bottle-opener medal and a pint glass. The races are part of a 3-hour craft beer festival featuring tastings, food trucks, and live music. The Top O’ the Mornin’ Run is a free event where participants follow the St. Patrick’s Day Parade route beginning at 6 a.m. on — you guessed it — St. Patrick’s Day. The Savannah Kilt and Color Run is held on Hutchinson Island and offers races for adults and children: “you come clean, and leave green!”
St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be any fun without music and dancing. Harry O’Donoghue is an Irish musician and singer who has been popular with Savannah locals for years. His live shows always draw an audience and invite participation and enjoyment. International music sensation Celtic Women will also be performing, accompanied by talented musicians and dancers that will make an evening of traditional Celtic music take on a whole new meaning. Finally, one of the earliest events of the season is the Irish Heritage Dance, where Irish Dancers of all ages will show off both heritage and talent with traditional Irish dances.
Tara Feis is a 24-year-old tradition that is open to all ages. Tara Feis has a variety of Irish musicians, dancers, and performers, as well as activities for children to enjoy. If you want a little sand with your green, head over to Tybee Island for the Tybee Irish Heritage Parade. This parade has floats, bands, bagpipes, and fun. The Celtic Cross Ceremony and Reception is held at Emmett Park, and is a time of reflection on the past, present and future of the Irish Community here in Savannah. The Jasper Green Ceremony, held in Madison Square, is the Irish Community’s remembrance and honoring of all of our military, both past and present.