Only a few days until Savannah’s 195th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the second largest in the country, and this historic parade has years of tradition behind it.
The tradition of the parade goes all the way back to March 16, 1824. The Hibernian Society published a notice inviting people in Savannah to the Roman Catholic Church on the Feast of St. Patrick’s Day. This would be known as the first documented celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.
In the early years of the parade, it was more of a military event. In fact the only times the parade wasn’t held where during wars. Since then, people have come from all over the world to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.
The parade consists of Celtic societies, Irish families, pipe bands and Irish dancers from all over the East Coast. Up to 15,000 people are expected to be a part of the parade this year alongside 350 marching units.
After months and months of planning, the Savannah Parade Committee’s website states that the parade is a “celebration of our Irish heritage and pride” where they will “continue the grand tradition of this celebration and adhere to the values that have made what Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah has become over the past 195 years.”
Along the parade route, there are are bleachers set up where visitors can pay to sit if they don’t wish to stand. The prices for seating on Bay St. or by the Colonial Cemetery are $30 per person while seating by the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, where WTOC will be located, is $45 per person.
The festivities will begin at 10:15 A.M. on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The route starts just east of Forsyth Park at Gwinnett and Abercorn St. and will end at Madison Square.
Check out the map above for the full route and bleacher locations.
By: Nancy Smith