Savannah, GA – March, 2016 I knew about where we were going to be for St. Patrick’s Day well in advance. So I did a little web surfing and discovered correctly that Savannah has one of the biggest celebrations in the country. I also read on some random website that supposedly compiles info on celebrations all over the country that Savannah’s parade would be the Saturday before St. Pat’s Day. It wasn’t out of our way at all so without any further investigation I made a reservation at the same campground we stayed at when we visited Savannah last fall.
Only a few days before we were to arrive, Jim was looking at the city’s website and informed me the parade would actually be on the 17th and the major festival would start that day and continue through the next weekend. There was to be a smaller festival the Saturday we would be there, the Tara Feis Irish Celebration. We could have extended our stay if we really wanted to but we didn’t feel like hanging out in the area that long. We decided instead to make the most of what Irish we could find downtown on Saturday.
The last time we visited we spent 30 minutes hopelessly driving around trying to find a parking spot that would fit our monster truck. This time we knew to head straight to the Civic Center where they charged us $5 to park each time. They also allow RV’s to park there. It was then just an easy half mile walk to the riverfront. The city has a free bus route downtown but it is so walkable we have yet to use it. It’s comforting to know that if you walk till you drop, you can get a ride back to the car without too much hassle.
The city has many fountains and they are all green in readiness for the big day.
We walked along the riverfront enjoying the fountains.
We also like the WWII Memorial “A World Apart”.
We enjoyed lunch at Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub. Jim ordered the Irish Sausage Rolls. I ordered the Irish Sampler with beef stew, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie. Then we shared everything. It was all good but the shepherd’s pie was the best part.
We walked off the rather heavy lunch strolling along the riverfront. We did a little shopping and enjoyed all the great old buildings.
In this city even an old brick wall is far from ordinary.
We finally arrived at Emmet Park where the Irish celebration was being held. There were some food vendors, which we obviously had no interest in at that point. This is a family friendly event, so there were tons of adorable wee ones. There were two stages of entertainment and we really enjoyed both acts we saw.
First was a local dance company that taught Irish dancing. Here is the older group with their colorful outfits.
They were really good but of course the next group that included the three year olds stole the show.
On the main stage was a very entertaining group of musicians. They took turns performing and one singer was very good at including a little Irish history in his act and getting the crowd to participate. It was a lot of fun and we enjoyed it immensely.
We walked back through the city enjoying the parks and more green fountains.
There were lots of people dressed up for the occasion and I wish I was more brazen (or cunning) at photographing strangers. Here was one guy I doubted would mind.
Between the food, the walk, and the heat (not complaining, we love heat) we were about as worn out as these guys looked by midafternoon and ready to go home.
We had another great time in Savannah and will definitely be back. Guess where we hope to be next St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll try to get it right next time.