St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
After a long two years without a parade, Savannah is looking forward to the return of one of our greatest traditions, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The 2022 Parade will be held on Thursday, March 17. As is tradition, the Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. following celebration of Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. Detailed information about the 2022 Parade can be found at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee website: Savannah Saint Patrick's Day Parade Committee | The Official Site .
In April 2021, Mayor Van Johnson appointed a Community Committee to look at how the celebration of Saint Patrick in Savannah could be improved to focus on the local, familial, religious, and cultural aspects of the holiday. After several months of deliberation, the Community Committee recommended, and City Council adopted a resolution 2022 St. Pats Resolution with the following changes:
Temporarily extend the boundary of the to go cup zone to expand the opportunity for local businesses on Saint Patrick’s Day only.
•Local bars and restaurants located within the expanded zone will be able to serve to-go cups to patrons.
•Bring attention to other corridors and areas in Savannah so that local businesses can be a part of the celebration.
Suspend the issuance of permits for entertainment and/or alcohol and food sales on the public right-of-way from Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 20th.
•Eliminate competition between on-street vendors and bars and restaurants for food and alcohol sales.
•Allow bars and restaurants to hire and manage their own entertainment for patrons.
Suspend the issuance of any out-of-town motorcoach parking permits in the To Go Cup Area from Thursday, March 17th through Sunday, March 20th.
This provision will not apply to local transportation service companies that provide shuttle services. These companies must register with the City of Savannah and will be required to provide, at a minimum, routes and pick up and drop off locations and times. For more information about shuttles and parking, please visit Mobility and Parking.
•Eliminate additional SPD and Parking needs to manage the arrival and departure of motorcoaches.
•Reduce the number of already intoxicated individuals in the River Street and City Market Areas.
What's the BIGGEST change for Saint Patrick's Day????
NO KISSING!!!! For years, parade-goers have breached the parade attendants to kiss their favorite soldiers and parade walkers. In the day and age of COVID, please be mindful of social distancing and personal space. DO NOT BREAK INTO THE PARADE TO KISS ANYONE!!!
Keeping the "Green" in Saint Patrick's Day
There is nothing more beautiful than Savannah's squares in the springtime! Help the City keep Savannah clean during Saint Patrick's Day. We've all either seen images of ruined squares and littered streets after Saint Pats. We all need to do our part to keep our squares clean and litter free. If you are planning to attend the parade, bring your own trash bags, pack it in - pack it out. Visit Here for more about what is/isn't allowed.
Parking on Saint Patrick's Day
When you consider how you will get to the parade, think about grabbing a shuttle or having someone drop you off. You can avoid heavy traffic and trying to find a parking space. If you must bring your car, the City's Parking and Mobility Department is selling parking garage passes. Visit St. Pats Parking for more information.
Planning to Watch the Parade from a Square
Several years ago, the City of Savannah instituted the "Land Rush" for square set-up. Believe it or not, St. Pats revelers spend the night on the street hoping to get one of these coveted parade-watching locations. There are some Land Rush Rules that apply. We also ask that you bring your common sense!!!
Hungry on Saint Patrick's Day?
We want to encourage everyone to patronize our local restaurants and bars; however, we know that sometimes you might want to grab something fast. To satisfy your hunger with some local cuisine, we will also have Food Trucks on Bay Street between Whitaker and Bull Streets.
More Questions about Saint Patrick's Day?
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions Here.
Get St. Patrick’s Breaking News on Twitter or Facebook
While St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful celebration, it can be a disruption to downtown residents and businesses. In an effort to keep you informed about those disruptions, or any other changes, the City is using the tools of Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be using social media to alert the public to the local ordinances which pertain to parade and festival participants and spectators. During the festival, we will post updates regarding traffic, street closures, parking and other public safety information.
To receive these alerts, "like" the City’s St. Pat’s Facebook page here.
For live updates throughout the weekend, follow the City on Twitter.