St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah…..what can I say? It is a very fun time. Savannah, Georgia hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. People from everywhere come to Savannah to partake in the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. I’ve had the chance to experience St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah a few times because I lived there for 8 years. Everyone needs to go at least once. I’ve come up with a few tips to help you out if you ever plan on going.
Book your hotel early.
With anywhere between 300,000 -500,000 people coming, you want to make sure you book your hotel room early. I like to book my rooms months in advance. I would suggest that you book your rooms no later than November. Hotels generally raise their prices around January. A good place to look for hotel deals is Priceline. Check out my Priceline review to help you get a feel for them. Don’t get me wrong you can still book rooms in February or March but 9 times out of 10 the only vacancies will be near the Savannah airport or I-95 which are both far from the downtown area.
Arrive a day or 2 before the parade.
The St. Patrick’s Day parade is on a different day every year. Check out Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day out for details. Getting to Savannah a day or two early gives you a chance to do a little bit of sightseeing before the madness begins
Check the weather.
March is a weird weather month for the whole state of Georgia. Savannah isn’t an exception. The temperatures fluctuate. Some St. Patrick’s Day weekends have been warm, while others were cold. Make sure you check the weather and dress accordingly.
Decide if you want to go to the parade or not.
The parade usually starts at 10:15 am. People start to arrive hours before that. My suggestion is if you want to watch the parade in a good spot aarive downtown no later than 7:00 am.
Bring plastic cups.
Make sure you bring some plastic cups with you because you can drink in the Historic District which is downtown. The cups can be no more than 16 ounces.
Have cash for souvenirs and food.
You want to make sure you have some cash on hand for food and souvenirs. People will have tents set up all around downtown selling different types of food. The majority of them only take cash. People will also be selling shirts, beads and other types of souvenirs. I also sell shirts for St. Patrick’s Day. Check out my designs here.
Enjoy River Street.
River Street is where a lot of the partying goes down. Thousands of people will be in the area enjoying themselves. There are bars and restaurants that will be making sure folks get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit.
You’re in Savannah for a reason so you might as well try some green beer. They only serve it during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. It taste just like regular beer.
Last but definitely not least stay safe. Don’t go in any dark alleys by yourself. Use common sense. Don’t drink too much. You don’t want to get locked up for public intoxication. Also if you have a hotel on the other side of town, please get a designated driver.
Have you ever been to Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day? Did you enjoy it?
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