2018 St. Patrick's Day Information

st patThis year the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 17. As is tradition, the Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. following celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Be sure to check this page for 2018 festival updates and vendor information as the St. Patrick's Day approaches!

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Savannah will be welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to the 2018 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Learn about how this will effect your parade experience.

About the Parade

The parade begins at the corner of Gwinnett and Abercorn, and makes its way north on Abercorn to Broughton, where it turns east to East Broad Street. The parade turns north on E Broad and then heads west on Bay, past City Hall, where it takes a left on Bull Street, ending at Harris Street.

Schedule of Events

St. Patrick's Day is packed with events to celebrate the holiday. Join in the fun at Forsyth Park for the Greening of the Fountain as the flowing clear waters become a sparkling emerald green and show up early to find a great spot along the parade route.

St. Patrick's Day Event Exit

In an effort to ease gridlock and separate vehicles from the areas with the highest pedestrian traffic, an exit plan has been developed that encourages drivers to exit downtown Savannah from the side on which you are parked. A series of signs and traffic control points will direct parade/festival-goers out of downtown, reducing demand on Martin Luther King, Jr., Boulevard and distributing traffic more evenly to the I-16 and Truman Parkway on-ramps.

Vehicles parked east of Bull Street will be directed east via President Street, Wheaton Street, Anderson Street, and south via Price Street, and the Truman Parkway.  Vehicles parked west of Bull Street will be directed south on Whitaker Street and west via Bay Street to I-516, and Oglethorpe Avenue, Louisville Road, and 37th Street to I-16 .

Pedestrian traffic will be extremely heavy along the Bull Street corridor, particularly at the intersections of Bull at Oglethorpe Avenue and Bull at Liberty Street. In the interest of reducing conflict and providing for the safety of those traveling on foot, drivers should avoid crossing Bull Street in the downtown area.

If you must travel westbound from the east side of the Historic District, take Price Street south to East 37th Street to the I-16 on-ramp OR take President, Wheaton, or East 37th Street to the Truman Parkway. Exit the Truman at DeRenne Avenue and proceed west to I-516.

If you must travel east from the west side of downtown, take I-16 to I-516 to DeRenne Avenue to the Truman Parkway or use Whitaker Street to travel south to either West Anderson Street, West 37th Street, or West Victory Drive.

Throughout the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, trucks will be routed around the Historic District.

St. Patrick Event Exit Map

St. Patrick's Day Exit Maps for shuttles/taxi/lyft/uber

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Get St. Patrick's Breaking News on Twitter or Facebook

While St. Patrick’s Day is a wonderful celebration, it can be a disruption to downtown residents and businesses. In an effort to keep you informed about those disruptions, or any other changes, the City is using the tools of Facebook and Twitter. We'll be using social media to alert the public to the local ordinances which pertain to parade and festival participants and spectators. During the festival, we will post updates regarding traffic, street closures, parking and other public safety information.

To receive these alerts, "like" the City's St. Pat's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savstpat or follow the City's St. Pat's Twitter account at www.twitter.com/savstpat. Registration on both sites is free.

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