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St. Patrick’s Day: Lucky Savannah, Always Dressed For Company

SAVANNAH Georgia — Green Palm Inn bed and breakfast says that Savannah is in perpetual good humor and always dressed for company, especially for St. Patrick’s Day — Saint Paddy’s Day for the happy-go-lucky revelers!

Entertaining is a way of life here in Savannah.  We’re not the only ones to say that. The “Hostess City of the South” is lucky that way.

How lucky Savannah is!… Lucky in its founder…. Lucky in its escape from pillage during the Civil War…. Lucky in its bad luck as well. A century of postbellum poverty–not really poverty, I suppose, more a lack of pr0spertiy — made it hard for the greedy to redevelop the charm out of the city in the dread name of progress.” — the late R. W. Apple, Jr., Associate editor of The New York Times inApple’s America.

Even during a Savannah winter — though it feels spring-like for St. Patrick’s Day in early March — mild weather encourages entertaining year around.  Did you realize that Savannah is sub-tropical?

In the City of Festivals — yes, there are hundreds of festivals throughout the year — St. Patrick’s Day (March 17, annually) is THE day that Irish celebrants (and those who adopt the luck o’ the Irish for a day or two) arrive in downtown Savannah.  In 2015, the greening of Forsyth Park Fountain is March 13, Noon.  The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Savannah is Tuesday, March 17, 2015, beginning at 10:15 a.m. from Forsyth Park.  It will weave through the downtown historic district.

St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~ Adrienne Cook

The dress code of the day? Irish green and orange, worn with flags flying high and low at our lodging accommodation in Savannah Georgia. It’s all done in a spirit of the “Luck o’ the Irish” to honor the Savannah Irish.  Shamrocks for everyone and shillelaghs [walking sticks] for the men are in vogue.

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love ever after. Poems and songs with pipes and drums. A thousand welcomes when anyone comes… That’s the Irish for you! — Irish saying

Part of Savannah legendary welcome is its legacy — America’s Most Beautiful City — is possible because of its prominent, historical architecture, cosmopolitan spirit, and devotion to beautiful landscapes.  After all, a beautiful backdrop is required for a successful garden party laced with music, barrels of spirits, and “a thousand welcomes”.

To receive these official St. Patrick’s Day alerts from the City of Savannah, follow the St. Pat’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savstpat or follow the City’s St. Pat’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/savstpat. Registration on both sites is free.


During the winter months, the season of cotton was at its height in Savannah’s seaport.  The Cotton Exchange (ca. 1886, located on Bay Street at Drayton) was known to Savannah residents at the time as “King Cotton’s Palace”.  It was designed to stand out from its neighboring buildings as a symbol of cotton’s importance to the city’s economy.  According to Solomon’s Lodge, during that era, Savannah was known as the Venice of the South.

Yes, the St. Patrick’s Day parade will pass The Cotton Exchange, where unofficially Savannah is the Ireland of the South!

“Bouquets for the Savannah landscape,” we proclaim! Expect to see lush green landscapes and strong hints of nature preparing to burst wide open in Savannah blooms.

The burst of America’s official spring — and the wonderland of azaleas — will follow soon on or about Thursday, March 20, 2014. Spring cleaning here, too, precedes and follows our big Irish day celebration!

We hope you are here, staying with us at the in-vogue Green Palm Inn. For this popular holiday, reservations are generally required one year in advance.

Copyright © 2012 Green Palm Inn / Sandy Traub | Updated February 11, 2015.

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