Ever since moving to Savannah last year Victoria has told me about how St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is an epic celebration. Needless to say, for the last 11 months I have been patiently awaiting the sacred weekend to see the festivities for myself. And it did not disappoint. V’s and my book club sets up in the same location every year and since Victoria is awesome (and my social planner in Savannah), she had a Google spreadsheet for our pot luck style celebration. We were ready.
Saturday morning my alarm sounded bright at early at 5:15AM. The thing is, you have to get downtown EARLY to get prime real estate. Victoria was prepped and scouting our location at 5:30AM. Chris and I picked up Mike and made our way to Lafayette Square by 7AM. Upon arrival we were in awe. So many tents and people in this one small square over 3 hours before the parade was set to start. Thank goodness for V and some of our other friends for getting our tent set up!
We had tons of food to keep our tummies happy. We had yakimandu, pigs in a blanket, sandwiches, cookies, cheese and crackers, taco dip, and so much more. We had drinks to get our Irish on. Victoria made some pretty green jello shots, mimosas were flowing, and beers were popping. One of the best parts of living in Savannah is that you can drink on the streets 😉 The day drinking shenanigans took me straight back to college haha.
Being a proud Irish Catholic, St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. Don’t you love the green fountain?? Our location was optimal and right next to St. John the Baptist Cathedral. The church did “potty for a price” and for $5 you had unlimited access to their REAL bathrooms. Best $5 I spent that day. The festivities start with mass at the cathedral with the Bishop. After mass, the clergy head to the parade start and the parade kicks off. There were bagpipers from all over, local businesses, different Irish heritage groups, high school bands, etc. The parade lasts about 3 hours.
I seriously had so much fun hanging out with my friends. While there were families with children down there, I am glad that Yon is in town and watched Emmie for us at home. I get nervous having her in large crowds and my anxiety would have been HIGH. Plus, I am pretty sure she would run off, find someone with food, and adopt them as her new family. It was such a PLEASURE to just get to enjoy myself for the day with Chris. Knowing that Em was in loving and capable hands let us let loose and have some fun which all parents need to do 🙂
Thanks to Victoria our first St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah was perfection. I am already looking forward to next year. We all took notes about what we can add to our tent space to make it even better. Look out 2014 … we already have you in our sights 😉
How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Savannah consistently ranks in the Top 5 US cities to celebrate in. Come celebrate with us next year!