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History of St. Patricks Day in Savannah

St. Patricks Day is one special time in Savannah and on Tybee Island! The parade, which graces the streets in modern-day Savannah is very different from the ones of yesteryear! It’s now a 3-hour procession, which is organized by a committee of over 700 Irish-American members. The parade includes many organizations, marching bands, and an incredible float that amble through the streets of Savannah on Marth 17th. There are waves of green as far as the eye can see, rain or shine! 2022 marked the return of the St. Patty’s parade after a nearly 2-year hiatus. If you’re visiting during this special time of year, remember that Savannahians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day over 5 days of fun festivities! So, there’s guaranteed to be something to do.

What’s the Big Deal with the Savannah St. Patty’s Day?

In the beginning, thirteen members of the local Hibernian Society, the country’s oldest Irish society, raised funds and invited local Irishmen to parade through the streets. This first public procession took place in 1824. Yet it was not until 1870 that the first true and recognizable St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah was created and it had bands and even a “Grand Marshal.” 

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