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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all Weekend in Savannah

St. Patrick's Day Parade in SavannahThe city of Savannah plays host to one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world every March 17th. The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade is usually in the top 5 list of parades after New York City, Boston and Chicago.  St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish history, culture and heritage named for the patron saint of Ireland, Patrick. The Irish have been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day as a solemn feast day for over 1,000 years. The traditions of St. Patrick’s Day were brought over to the United States by Irish Immigrants in the 1700 and 1800’s as they settled throughout the young country. St. Patrick’s Day celebrations began as a more religious holiday specifically celebrating the works of St. Patrick. Today, St. Patrick’s Day has become more of a secular event honoring Irish Heritage.  Savannah had its first official St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1813 and has been holding it ever since with breaks only during the Civil War and two World Wars.

There are many events celebrating St. Patrick’s Day leading up to the parade on Tuesday, March 17th. The Forsyth Park fountain is dyed green on Friday, March 13th at noon to start off St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Tara Feis  is a free outdoor family friendly Irish heritage celebration with Irish music, dancing, food, crafts, entertainment and much more. It held on the Saturday before the parade, March 14th, at Emmit Park. The Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade  is Saturday, March 14 kicking off at 3pm featuring local Irish families, bagpipers, floats and more. River Street Savannah will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day party starting Saturday, March 14th  and running through St. Patrick’s Day  with multiple stages of non-stop entertainment, interactive games, food, beverages and much more. The event is free and open to all ages, but you must have an ID and be over 21 to enjoy the adult beverages.

Tuesday, March 17th is the 191st Annual Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade . The parade will feature over 350 units including United States military divisions, marching bands, Irish dancers, pipe and drum corps, the Budweiser Clydesdales and more. The parade is held rain or shine. Hundreds of thousands of people come to Savannah to help participate and view the parade along its route in Savannah’s National Landmark Historical District. The parade begins at the corner of Abercorn and Gwinnett Street, near Forsyth Park, at 10:15am and ends at the corner of Bull and Harris Street.

Come on down to downtown Savannah and join in the “wearing of the green” parade and all of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Days celebrations. Stop N Stor is proud to be a member of a Savannah community that is very full of heritage and history.

Savannah Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in Grand Style

Savannah hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world every year. Last year, nearly one million people, both locals and visitors, joined in the celebrations in historic downtown Savannah. This year’s festivities could be just as big! The city has been celebrating its Irish Heritage since 1813!

There are many activities that are a part of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah. The events started in February with the Irish Heritage Festival . This 3 day celebration showcased the best in Irish music, dancing and food. The “official” St. Patrick’s Day festivities kick off on Friday, March 8th at noon with the “Greening of the Fountain” at Forsyth Park. This event officially starts the week of activities before St. Patrick’s Day. Saturday, March 9th is the Tara Feis  from 11am to 5pm at Emmet Park. This free family friendly festival includes live musical and dance performances, food, art and crafts. Another family friendly event that is taking place on March 9th is the Tybee Island Irish Heritage Parade.  The 11th Annual parade starts at 3pm at City Hall and the route runs down Butler Street to Tybrisa Street.

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities  will be held on Saturday, March 16th this year. The day starts off with an 8am Mass at Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Savannah. The 189th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 10:15am and winds through the historic downtown district. There will be over 350 units in the parade including dignitaries, marching bands, military bands, pipe and drum corps, the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, floats and more.  Everyone comes to the watch the parade dressed in their Irish “finest”. It is just as fun to people watch as it is to watch the parade!  River Street is hosting their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on the River starting on Friday, March 15th. The celebrations have gotten so big that the streets will be closed downtown from River Street to Broughton Street. The streets will be filled each day with food, music and other entertainment.

Stop N Stor is happy to be a part of the Savannah community. Enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day activities in the great city of Savannah! Slainte!

Savannah’s Irish Festival

Irish artwork

Savannah is home to one of the nation’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. Each year, nearly a million people attend Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The St. Patrick’s Day festivities start off in February with the Savannah Irish Festival, which lasts from February 15th through 17th at the Savannah Civic Center in historic downtown Savannah. The festival celebrates Irish culture with food, music, arts and dancing, and is the largest Irish festival in the South.  The festival kicks off this Friday, February 15th with a traditional Ceili (Gaelic for party) at the Knights of Columbus hall. The party has musicians, dancing and is a great way to start off the weekend’s celebrations.

The Irish Festival has fun for the entire family on Saturday and Sunday. The events run from 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 6 pm on Sunday. There are 4 stages which contain everything from traditional Irish music, Irish dancing and lectures. The Festival Main Stage and the Festival Pub Stage has the top traditional Irish acts and Irish Dancing. Some of the bands and performers that are appearing at the festival include: Rathkeltair Seamus Kennedy, the Cathie Ryan Bank, Dardenells and Harry O’Donoghue. The Children’s Stage has a bouncy house, arts & crafts, face painting and on-going entertainment. The Festival Cultural Stage holds discussions on Irish history, literature and music. Local Irish Dancing Schools, Irish Dancers of Savannah and Glor Na Daire, will be performing throughout the weekend.

Savannah’s 189th Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration will take place on March 16, 2013! Start off the celebrations and immerse yourself in Irish culture in February at the Savannah Irish Festival! Stay tuned to Stop N Stor’s Facebook and Twitter pages and this blog to keep up-to-date on events in the Savannah area.

Savannah, Festival City

Savannah Festivals

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Savannah is a city that offers a little bit of everything to a visitor and local residents. We already know that Savannah is a great city for the arts  and food.  It is also a top vacation destination point. Savannah hosts at least 46 different festivals throughout the year from cultural festivals to food festivals to events surrounding sporting events such as the Legends of Golf Tournament in the spring or the Rock N Roll Marathon in the fall.

There are many cultural festivals in Savannah throughout the year. The Savannah College of Arts and Design hosts the Savannah Film Festival every fall. This festival honors independent and mainstream film makers from around the world. The Savannah Book Festival  attracts readers and authors alike from mystery to romance, every February. The Savannah Music Festival  showcases every type of music from bluegrass to R&B to classic over a 2 week period every spring.

The holidays always brings out the best of celebrations in the Savannah area. Savannah holds one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the nation every year. The parade takes 3 hours to wind through downtown Savannah streets in front of thousands of participants and viewers. Every year on the weekend after Thanksgiving, Savannah has the Harbor Boat Parade on the Savannah River. There are also holiday parades and festivals in many of the local communities, including Hinesville. The New Year wouldn’t be complete without attending the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Tybee Island!

There are great food festivals celebrating different cultures and styles throughout the year in Savannah. The fall season is filled with different food festivals for German, Greek and Jewish food. Oktoberfest on the River combines German food and Savannah fun in a 3 day festival starting on October 5, 2012. The 61st Annual Savannah Greek Festival will be held at the St. Paul’s Hellenic Center October 11th through October 13th. There is a Jewish Food Festival at Forsyth Park on October 28th where you can taste different samples of kosher cooking. Twice a year, Savannah restaurants participate in the Restaurant Week where patrons can get a fixed rate on certain meals at higher-end Savannah restaurants.

Labor Day weekend is full of events to cap off a busy summer full of fun! The 5th Annual Craft Brew Fest  started August 26th and runs through September 2nd. This celebration of the micro-crafted beer has become a very popular event in Savannah. It draws thousands of people to taste over 175 beers from local, regional and national craft brewers. There are many larger events for the Brew Fest this weekend including Friday evening’s International Food & Brew tasting and Saturday’s Grand Tasting at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. Sunday, there is a live outdoor concert in conjuncture with the Brew Fest featuring regional and national music acts at the Westin’s Grand Prize of American Road Race Track.

Every month will bring some type of special event to the Savannah area. That is something that the city can be very proud of! Get out there and enjoy what the city has to offer! Stop N Stor  is very proud to be a part of the Savannah, Port Wentworth and Hinesville communities! Check out your local chamber of commerce for more information for local events.

Saint Patrick’s Day in Savannah!

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Savannah plays host to one of the biggest celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day in the United States (and maybe even the world!) Even an Irish news site  named Savannah in the Top 10 places in the world to spend St. Patrick’s Day! US News & World Report places Savannah in the Top 10 top St. Patrick’s Day parades in America. Up to half a million or more people, locals and tourists alike, come to downtown Savannah every year to celebrate this holiday dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland.

The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1813, when the Hibernian Society of Savannah marched down Savannah streets to celebrate the life of St. Patrick. The Irish immigrants arriving in Savannah during the late 1800’s kept the tradition alive and the parade has been getting bigger and better ever since. The history of St. Patrick’s Day goes back centuries to 400AD. Originally, the day was a sacred holy day for the Catholic Church. However, today, it has turned into a more secular holiday and a celebration of Irish tradition and culture.

There are quite a few activities in the week before St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. The celebrations started off on March 9, 2012 with the “Greening of Forsyth Fountain”. The Tara Feis was held at Emmet Park on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  This was a free family friendly festival featuring music, Irish dancing, crafts and food. You can find information for all of the events on the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade site.  The biggest event is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2012.  The day starts with a mass at the Cathedral of St. John’s. The parade kicks off at 10:15am on Abercorn Street next to Forsyth Park and ends near Liberty Street. The parade is over 3 hours long with over 350 participants including floats, military divisions, marching bands, pipe & drum corps and even The Budweiser Clydesdales! Once the parade is over, you can head to the St. Patrick’s Celebration on the River  on historic River Street. The street is shut down for this festival, which actually starts on Friday, March 16, 2012. There is lots of music, food and entertainment on River Street where the party continues to the wee hours of the morning.

Everyone becomes a bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Savannah is the perfect place to become a little bit Irish for the day! Slainte!