Our advice on how to get the most out of a Savannah St. Patrick’s Day vacation!
Tybee Island’s neighboring Savannah, GA, has been hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration for 199 years since 1824. This annual celebration is the third largest in the country, following Chicago and New York City.
Planning a trip to one of Savannah’s most famous events can be a little overwhelming, so we put together some advice from our local team to help you make the most out of your vacation.
March St Patrick’s Events.
Events begin on March 3rd, with the March of Dimes Shamrock Run, and end with the biggest celebration of all, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17th. Other notable events include:
The Greening of the Forsyth Park Fountain on March 10th at 4 p.m.
2023 St. Patrick’s Day Rugby Tournament at Daffin Park on March 11th at 8 a.m. and March 12th at 2 p.m.
Celtic Cross Mass and Procession at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist on March 12th.
The official St. Patrick’s Day parade, one of the largest in the US, packed with live music, heritage, and lots of green, is on March 17th and starts at 10:15 a.m.
Where to Stay.
For Savannah, this week is considered “peak week” at the hotels and other lodging options. This means rooms are pricey. However, 15 miles away on Tybee Island, it is not a peak time of year. And, while you are not attending a St. Patrick’s day event, you can stroll on the beach, ride a bike around the island, or relax in your very own island cottage.
How to get to the parade.
Parking in Savannah will be difficult during this week. On parade day, roads start to close around 6:30 a.m. Find parking at your own risk or take advantage of the Old Savannah Tours Island shuttle that runs every 30 minutes from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Parade day advice.
March weather in Savannah/Tybee Island is usually fairly mild, with cool mornings and warm sunny days! Check the forecast a couple of days before the parade date. Make sure you pack snacks that are easy to carry in your bag or backpack, especially for the little ones. If you plan on returning to Tybee for food, you can expect fewer crowds and wait-free dining at most Tybee restaurants, not to mention that laid-back Tybee atmosphere! If you are unfamiliar with Savannah, keep the city’s official map of public restrooms handy. (Trust us, it will come in handy!)