Click here to view slideshow of Saint Patrick's Parade Day pics from photographer John Alexander.
Welcome to our annual St. Patrick's Day special issue. This week you'll find pretty much all the info you need to enjoy the big party, from your basic parade/parking type stuff to a bit of Irish history to an exhaustive entertainment roundup.
Local musicians react to River Street shocker
If you’re one of the lucky few to belong to the Facebook group Savannah Area Musician’s Exchange, you know that one of the hottest topics among this feisty collection of local players is the last–minute decision to have no live music on River Street on St. Patrick’s Day this year. While there will be live music within private establishments on the River, for the first time in a very long time there will be no outdoor acts.
In praise of the country's second-largest St. Patrick's Day parade
Boston's is the oldest. New York City's is the largest.
Your street survival guide
So you can just walk around and drink in Savannah? Crazy.
Green grits, green beer, and all the corned beef you can stomach. St. Patrick's Day in Savannah is as much about the food and the beer as it is about the pub-crawling, the greening of the fountain, or the world-famous downtown parade.
Chef Donnie Simmons is running on his seemingly limitless passion for food — and adrenaline. As if finalizing and testing a menu for soon–to–open Temperance and getting its kitchen in place isn’t enough pressure, Simmons has retooled the menu at sister eatery Taco Abajo.
Ah, the spectacle of green, the sound of sloshing beer, the smell of corned beef and cabbage in the air... To most, St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is an honored tradition of shared indulgence and harmless debauchery (or as the Irish say, real craic—an idiom meaning “good times, usually involving alcohol and music.”)
I’m sure I’m not the first to notice the ironic analogy between the legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland and this year’s banning of live snakes (!) from the St. Patrick’s Day celebration downtown.
The large crowds in town for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities kept police busy, including a total of 190 arrests over the weekend – 154 in City Market and 36 on River Street. That total included 27 arrests for disorderly conduct, 17 arrests for public urination, 13 seatbelt violations, 9 arrests for affray and 7 arrests for public intoxication, among others.
A closer look at the morning Mass
Before the green grits, before the parade's pipe bands and floats, before the beer on River Street, Thursday morning's St. Patrick's Day Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist will be the traditional, reverent beginning to what's often considered as a day for partying. "The mass is the appropriate way for us to kick off our celebration," says Michael Foran, General Chairman of the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.
A complete survival guide
So what's different this year? River Street won’t have gated entrances, as has been the case in the past, and in a new development this year there will be NO requirement for wristbands for those who want to drink alcohol.
There'll be shamrocks aplenty in Savannah come Wednesday. Are you ready?
There’s a big celebration going on in Savannah March 17. Perhaps you’ve heard something about it?
Frequently asked questions regarding Savannah's biggest celebration
How do I get breaking public safety news during the St. Patrick's Day celebration? Follow the City of Savannah's Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/cityofsavannah for urgent info.
Chatham Area Transit Shuttle NOTE: Shuttle Service will NOT operate from the Oglethorpe Mall as in years past.
An officer on foot patrol noticed a large, disorderly group of men at the Bull Street ramp on River Street during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
An officer walking patrol during the St. Patrick’s Day festival saw several firefighters running towards the Savannah River from the Abercorn ramp. The officer then saw a man who was climbing out of the water.
Fun photos of the days festivities
Savannah Pipe and Drum Corps makes St. Patrick's debut
IN RECENT YEARS, pipe and drum bands from New York, the midwest, central Georgia and Charleston have regularly marched in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year, for the first time, a band from Savannah will join their ranks.
The rules • One of the coolest things about Savannah is that those 21 and over can legally drink alcoholic beverages while walking around almost all of downtown.
Oetgen Ranch equestrian entries conclude parade
VETERAN Saint Patrick’s Day parade watchers know that when a team of horses appears, it’s a sure sign that the parade is winding down. For the past three years or so, a group of seven or eight horses and riders from Oetgen Ranch in Bloomingdale have been one of several equestrian entries strategically placed nearly last in the parade, followed only by the street sweepers and the police.
A tradition is likely to continue despite barricades
PUCKER UP, SAVANNAH. As this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade winds through downtown Savannah, look for young women dressed in green to run toward the marchers and kiss surprised fire fighters, soldiers and Benedictine Academy cadets.
Program continues tradition
THIS FRIDAY MORNING, hundreds of Savannah teens will dress for St. Patrick’s Day in green military uniforms and shiny black shoes instead of green T-shirts and shiny beads. The entire JROTC brigade of 291 boys from Benedictine Military School (known locally as “BC”) will march in the parade, continuing a generations-old tradition.
AASU Outdoor Arts Festival promises music, dance, theatre and visual art
Increased growth & security concerns make the modern St. Patricks party march to a different drummer
Tara Feis offers free family fun and great music
Family-friendly event kicks off the St. Pats season
Medieval Festival Raises Funds Saturday for Badly Needed Equipment at Oatland Island Educational Center
For AA members, staying sober on St. Patricks Day is no I
One of the best Irish rock bands in the world hits River Str