Erin Go Blah.
That may be the unofficial slogan of the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day festival 2022 parade and celebration. This is because city officials are considering changes to cut down on the partying for the city’s annual St. Paddy’s Day celebration.
In the latest Savannah St Patrick’s Day news, Mayor Van Johnson told media at a press conference that while the city wants to bring back the parade – which is the third largest in the nation behind only New York City and Boston – after being canceled the past two years because of COVID-19, it may do so under certain restrictions.
“The consensus among the committee members was that the street activities after the parade have evolved into a spring break-like atmosphere,” he said.
Well DUH!? That’s what makes St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah so much fun. This isn’t – and never has been – a family event. If parents want to take their kids to it then check out the parade and leave. Don’t linger and don’t go near River Street. That’s for the partying adults. River Street St. Patrick’s Day 2022 is, regardless of any restrictions, THE place to be after the parade.
By the way, the city needed a committee to realize that St. Patrick’s Day Savannah is a party? That should tell you all you need to know about the decision-makers in this process.
Here is what’s on the table:
• Having outdoor concerts on Savannah’s riverfront.
• Outdoor beer and food vendors would no longer be allowed.
• Party buses from out of town would be denied permits for parking.
Let’s see now – the city wants to cut down on the partying but is considering having a concert on the riverfront. How exactly will that cut down on the partying? River Street is always flooded with people after the parade all day and well into the night. It seem to be that this would increase the party atmosphere, not lessen it.
Banning outdoor beer and food vendors would do what, exactly? Get people more drunk because they can’t get anything to eat? The city hopes to increase business for bars and restaurants by doing this but the bars and restaurants are so packed you can’t get into them, so how would this help anybody?
Denying party buses parking permits won’t do a damned thing, either. They will simply drop off people in the morning and pick them up in the evening. In the meantime, they would go park the closest place they can find to Savannah.
The St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Savannah, GA, is the city’s only big event of the year. The parade has been going on since 1824. Why does Savannah celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Because the parade was started by descendants of Irish immigrants.
There’s a St. Patrick’s Day queen (and hey, I dated one of them!) and it’s such a big deal that they dye the Savannah River and all the water in the fountains green.
The St Patrick’s Day parade Savannah GA is held on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. And not on the previous Saturday like many other big ones around the country, most notably the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade.
This is a city where, on St. Patrick’s Day, one of the bars (Pinky Masters) opens at 6 a.m., because that ties into when the pubs open in Dublin.
It is where a the red-nosed long-time mayor (John Rousakis) would host beers in the downtown squares during the parade. Jolly ‘ol John was also a regular at the Georgia-Florida game’s World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party just down I-95 in Jacksonville, FL. No wonder he kept getting re-elected – four times, in fact.
This is a place where native locals look suspiciously at outsiders (even those those who live in Savannah) but on the days leading to and on St. Patrick’s Day welcome strangers and visitors with open arms.
The rules and regulations for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration Savannah, GA, will be decided during a City Council meeting in February.
They would be well advised to read this article before making any decisions at that meeting.