Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Guide – Gumption Savannah

St. Patrick's Day Guide

What are the changes to this year’s event?

  • In addition to expanding the to-go cup zone, there are no entertainment or food/beverage sales allowed in the public right-of-way from Thursday, March 17 to Sunday, March 20.
  • No out-of-town motorcoach parking is permitted in the to-go cup zone from March 17 to March 20.
  • The longstanding tradition of paradegoers running into the parade to kiss soldiers or others in the parade is also not permitted, due to COVID concerns.

Savannah St Patrick’s Day Parade Rules and Regulations

  1. All entries must provide family-oriented entertainment consistent with this celebration in honor of Saint Patrick and Irish-American heritage.
  2. Each entry shall be responsible for the conduct of all of its participants.
  3. Attire appropriate to the occasion is required of all participants.
  4. NO ALCOHOL is allowed in the parade. No cups or glassware are allowed in the parade. Bottled water or canned soft drinks are allowed.
  5. No objects may be handed out, distributed, or thrown by any entry or participant, including marchers, floats, and vehicles associated with the entry.
  6. No participant may undertake any dangerous or noxious activities in the Parade. No cooking is permitted in the Parade.
  7. The Parade Committee has the right to inspect all units prior to and during the Parade.
  8. The driver of each vehicle must be a qualified, licensed driver 21 years of age or older. During the Parade, each vehicle must maintain a safe distance from the preceding unit.
  9. All vehicle entries must be covered by liability insurance to the satisfaction of the Parade Committee. Proof of insurance must be provided with the application.
  10. The size of a float shall be limited to 30 feet in length (for the trailer portion), 10 feet in width and 12 feet in height.
  11. The Parade Committee shall have the power to regulate the amount and scope of advertisement. Advertisement is limited to the Applicant, and only to the extent stated in the application and approved by the Parade Committee. Applicants who hold political office may be accepted to represent the office they now hold, not as the candidate for any office. No campaign buttons, signs or apparel will be allowed.
  12. The Parade Committee reserves the right to exclude from participation, in the Parade or in the Official Program, any entry which it considers to be advocating or promoting a particular purpose, principle, agenda, or message inconsistent with or contrary to those of the Parade.

Any further information, please contact the Committee at or at 912-233-4804.


St. Patrick’s Day Events

Sgt. William Jasper Green Parade
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 4:00pm
Location: Parade Route on Bull to Madison Square
Parade with Grand Marshal and military bands leading to ceremony site in Madison Square

Sgt. William Jasper Green Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 4:30pm
Location: Madison Square
Formal ceremony honoring Sgt. William Jasper Green and all military with or without Irish decent

Feast Day Mass of St. Patrick
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022 – 8:00am
Location: Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist
Daily mass celebrating the feast day of St. Patrick

St. Patrick Day Parade
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022 – 10:15am
Location: Approved Parade Route
The BEST St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world that steps off at 10:15 AM at the intersection of Abercorn and Gwinnett and ends at the reviewing stand on Bull and Liberty

What’s your parking plan?

After a long two years without a parade, Savannah is looking forward to the return of one of our greatest traditions, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  The 2022 Parade will be held on Thursday, March 17.  The Parade begins at 10:15 a.m. following the celebration of Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. 


Thursday, March 17, parking is prohibited on the parade route, and in the marshaling areas, vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.  Savannah Police Department will tow vehicles parked in the prohibited zones and parade route beginning 6:00 am on Thursday, March 17.  

  • Meters & Times Zones will not be enforced Thursday, March 17. All other parking violations will be cited. 
  • Meters, Times Zones, and all other parking violations will be enforced Friday, March 18, Saturday, March 19.
  • Warnings will not be issued for citations issued on St. Patrick’s Day. Park properly to prevent a citation and/or removal of the vehicle (do not block streets or lanes/alleys).  Lock your car.

Detailed information about the 2022 Parade can be found at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee website: Savannah Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee | The Official Site 


to go cup zone

St. Patrick’s Day/Weekend Taxi Rates 2022 

(Temporary Rates)


Taxis – St. Patrick’s Day/Weekend 2022 Temporary Rates

Zone A- $5.00 per person – The areas bounded by the Savannah River to the east curb line of Pennsylvania Avenue/Skidaway Road, to the south curb line of Victory Dr. (To Go Cup Zone)

Zone B- $10.00 per person – All other areas outside of the To Go Cup Zone regardless of the pickup and drop-off points.

Drivers have the option to run their meter in lieu of charging the St. Patrick’s flat rate, more specifically for your regular customer. Allow your regular customers the option.

Authorized Rate Changes will be valid from 12:01 A.M.  Thursday 3/17/22 thru 6:00 A.M.  Sunday 3/20/22 only.  Anyone found operating either before or after this time will be subject to a $500.00 fine.

Transportation Office 

Complaints or comments about Taxicab complaints or comments about taxicab or drivers contact cab inspector at 912.651.6468.

Motor Coaches 

This year the City has suspended the issuance of any out-of-town motorcoach parking permits in the To Go Cup Area from Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20, 2022. This provision will not apply to local transportation service companies that provide shuttle services.  These companies must register with the City of Savannah and will be required to provide, at a minimum, routes and pick-up and drop-off locations and times.  For additional information about ST. Patrick’s Day 2022, please visit the link below.


Towing for the annual ST. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Thursday, March 17, 2022.  Each company may send up to 2 trucks for this special assignment. All other head-outs will continue as normal through E-911 dispatch. Please respond via email to confirm participation. Specifics on the location and time will be sent out upon your response. Please email no later than noon Friday, March 11, 2022


Will be allowed in the to-go-cup zone on streets that are not closed by SPD. 

Transportation Office 

Complaints or comments about Taxicab complaints or comments about taxicab or drivers contact cab inspector at 912.651.6468.

Where are the parties?

You won’t have to look far to find a good time, as many venues, restaurants and bars will be putting their own spin on the celebration. One of the larger weekend events is the Plant Riverside District’s 5-day Shamrocks & Shenanigans, featuring live music as well as activities and entertainment for all ages. Click here for more information and the schedule.

Are hotel rooms still available?

Want to stay the night? As of March 2, there were still many hotels with rooms available for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, according to Those in the downtown area, within walking distance of the parade route and to-go cup zone, range from about $260 to more than $800 a night for a double occupancy room.

What fines could I face?

Violating just a few city ordinances could hit you hard in the wallet during St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here are just a few things Savannah Police will be looking for, and how much they could cost you (fines are current as of 2019):

  • Drinking from a can, bottle or glass: $150
  • Drinking alcohol in a parked motor vehicle: $150
  • Underage drinking/possession of alcohol: $250
  • Urinating in public: $200
  • Fighting: $500
  • Indecency: $500

Where can I buy a drink?

Local bars and restaurants. You must be 21 years old and have a valid ID.

Will there be food trucks?

Yes, local food trucks will be set up on the north side of Bay Street between Bull and Whitaker streets. There will also be food trucks throughout the To-Go Cup Zone at private locations.

Can I still take part in the 6 a.m. “Land Rush” in the squares?

Yes, but the city encourages participants to consider social distancing as much as possible.

Visitors will be asked to leave the squares at 10 p.m. the night before St. Patrick’s Day. At 6 a.m. on the morning of, security will officially open the squares up to paradegoers.

There are a number of rules for the Land Rush. Click or tap here for the full list.

Can I have a picnic in a square?

Yes. Paradegoers are encouraged to enjoy the day with their friends and family. You are responsible for removing all of your trash.Full schedule: Savannah St. Patrick’s Day events

What happens if someone gets lost?

Lost children will be brought to the City Market Command Post on St. Julian and Montgomery streets.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to have an updated photo of their child readily available in the event of an emergency.

What if I lose personal property?

All lost property items will be brought to the Command Post on St. Julian and Montgomery streets. At the end of each night, lost property will be taken to the Savannah Police Department property room on Ross Road.

Gumption Team

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