The Newest Addition to Your Bucket List – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah!

Mar 7 2013

by Whitney Long


The beautiful southern city of Savannah, GA is home to the nation’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade which dates back to 1813, only 80 years after the city was founded by General James Oglethorpe. A small group of Hibernians organized and marched on the streets of Savannah to remember the death of Patron Saint, Saint Patrick of Ireland. Although Chicago historians claim their city’s idea for a river of green was original, some natives of Savannah say the idea originated in their town in 1961. Today, Savannah’s celebration and parade is the second largest in the nation. It lasts over three hours and goes thru the historic park district where the fountains have been dyed green. The celebration is spread out over several days with an estimated half million people attending each year. This is a celebration not to be missed!

Savannah has lovely hotels and bed-and-breakfasts as well as outstanding restaurants throughout the historic district and the Savannah riverfront.

We recommend:
The Marshall House (
Mansion on Forsyth Park (
River Street Inn (
The Bohemian (

Savannah restaurants:
Mrs. Wilkes (
Vic’s on the River (
Garibaldi’s (
The Olde Pink House (
Elizabeth on 37th (

And while in Savannah, get your Irish on at these pubs:
Molly Mac Pherson’s Pub & Grill (
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub (
Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub (
The Rail Pub (

Photo Credit: Ramey Shirah and


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Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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  1. caitlineliason

    I had no idea about this tradition until a couple days ago when I met a lady heading up there for the celebration! How cool to have one so close!

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