“Outsiders” are often surprised to learn that Savannah, Georgia’s largest annual celebration is the St. Patricks’ Day Parade! It attracts almost half a million Irish (and honorary Irish) visitors along with local residents each year. Savannah's St. Patrick's Day traditions are steeped in the area's rich Irish heritage. It compares to a Mardi Gras celebration and lively activities go one for almost a week!
The local Hibernian Society started the St. Patrick's Day first in Savannah in 1813 as private party. Today, the popular St. Patrick's Day Parade and other fun related events attract visitors from around the world. In many cases, visitors arrive a few days early and stay a few days after St. Patrick's Day to enjoy Savannah and to take part in as many celebrations as possible. There are many sanctioned family-friendly events, scheduled around the parade.
PS: The comparison to Mardi Gras ends when it comes to displays of public nudity, however, which in Savannah according to authorities can "get you arrested."
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013 - The 189th Annual Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade, the second largest in the U.S., starts at 10:00 a.m. in Savannah's Historic District. Lasting about three hours it features more than 350 units. Participants include U.S. military divisions, bands, marching units, cool vehicles, the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales and much more.
There are many great spots to view Parade including the 600 block of Abercorn Street, Bull Street between Liberty and Harris Streets (there is a reviewing stand), East Broad Street between Broughton and Bay Streets and Bay Street between East Broad and Bull streets. Arrive early for parking as there are lots of people!