It might be a wee bit late in the game for this year but I have to ask, we’re y’all as surprised as me about the low country’s obsession with St Patrick’s day?
In a million years I’d have never guessed that the south would be so enthralled with this holiday. On our first spring here we were assaulted with the question “so are you going to the Paddy’s Day parade downtown? ”
Initially, we were like “Oh. Sure! Sounds fun.” Silly newbies. As if we were going to leisurely meander downtown, park and find an empty curb to watch the said parade. After a bit more investigating it became clear
1. You should definitely plan to go
2. If you plan to go you better have a plan
This event is a day-long affair and for some – even a weekend affair. Get your hotels booked early – like a year in advance! These people are serious. They set up tents and bring tables and chairs because they’re down to celebrate for the long haul.
Due to the luck of the Irish, Richmond Hill has a handy little shuttle service to get you there thus preventing a possible hike from some far-away parking spot you found in midtown.
The hill makes it quite simple and inexpensive for you lads and lassies to spend the day “enjoying” and then safely get back home.
You can get info about the shuttle on the city website. Not to worry though, if you’re a homebody and want to stay in the Hill plenty of the locals get their green on too so you don’t have to go far. Check out the special music line up and festive food around the Hill like Fia Rua or Molly MacPherson’s.
It’s a Savannah “must-do” tradition so good luck to you if you decide to go Irish for the day!