Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

One of the many bands performing in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

Is your high school marching band looking for a unique Spring Break trip that provides a rewarding performance experience? How about traveling to Savannah, GA and participating in one of the oldest, largest and most-recognized Saint Patrick’s Day parades in the world? Savannah’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade marching band trips make for a unique, perfect mix of educational performance and fun. How? Crowds of a half-million spectators each year and Savannah is within a one-hour drive of four major beaches, including Tybee Island, only 20 minutes away.


One of the many bands performing in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

One of the many bands performing in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!


For the “Savannah Irish,” the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is the culmination of weeks of festivities and Irish heritage functions. Beginning with the Irish Festival in mid-February every year, the City begins to get a taste of the rich history of Savannah’s Irish population. With the Investiture of the Grand Marshal on the very first Sunday of  March, the Parade Committee goes into full preparation mode. In the days that follow, The Greening of the Fountain in historic Forsyth Park symbolizes how the entire City “turns green” in support of the upcoming Parade. Later on, the Celtic Cross Mass, parade and ceremony are celebrated on the Sunday before the parade. Every year, the people of Savannah truly feel how Saint Patrick’s day was first celebrated over 200 years ago. And, finally, the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is a celebration of Savannah’s faith and heritage every March 17th. Savannah celebrates with 12 different Irish heritage organizations, numerous Irish families, the men and women serving in uniform, and many sponsors and supporters.


A glimpse at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.

A glimpse of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.


Savannah is rich in features that present a solid Spring Break for your students…or an educational one! If your students want to know why Union General Sherman spared the city, what sparked the beginning of the Emancipation Proclamation, or which historical site served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, Educational Destinations can make your Savannah history trip rewarding and memorable. Savannah is known as Georgia’s first planned city, and it attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city’s historic structures, gorgeous parks, horse-drawn carriages, and antebellum architecture. In 1732, the ship, “Anne,” sailed from Britain carrying 114 colonists.  They landed at Yamacraw Bluff, where the Colony of Georgia was founded by General James Edward Oglethorpe. Before the Civil War, Savannah was known as the most picturesque city in America, where grand oaks dripping with Spanish moss created its unrivaled charm.


The Greening of the Fountain in historic Forsyth Park symbolizes how the entire City “turns green” in support of the upcoming Parade.

The Greening of the Fountain in historic Forsyth Park helps the entire City “turn green” in support of the upcoming Parade!


Show your students some of  Savannah’s coolest attractions:

  • Savannah History Museum
  • Forsyth Park
  • Savannah Historic District
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Wormsloe Historic Site
  • Owens–Thomas House
  • Telfair Museums
  • Chippewa Square
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
  • Skidaway Island State Park
  • Isaiah Davenport House
  • Telfair Academy
  • Sorrel–Weed House
  • Jepson Center for the Arts
  • Ellis Square
  • Georgia State Railroad Museum
  • Andrew Low House
  • First African Baptist Church
  • City Market
  • Colonial Park Cemetery
  • Fort James Jackson
  • Mercer Williams House Museum
  • Fort McAllister Historic State Park
  • American Prohibition Museum
  • Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum
  • Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum
  • Surf Lagoon Water Park
  • Temple Mickve Israel
  • First African Baptist Church

A marching band turning by the cherished Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (A Roman Catholic cathedral).

A marching band turning by the cherished Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (A Roman Catholic cathedral).


“The proud city of Savannah, GA welcomes your marching band to take part in our cherished Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Along with our parade, we hope that once you see our city, our people, and our history, you will want to come back for more! May Saint Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do. And may his loving protection be a blessing to you always! Erin Go Bragh!”

Will Fleming , Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Member

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