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How a Little City Came to Have America's Second Biggest St. Patrick's Day

Courtesy of Visit Savannah
Courtesy of Visit Savannah
Courtesy of Visit Savannah

When it comes to raw numbers, New York might have the biggest crowd, but a little city on the Georgia coast has been punching well above its weight every St. Patrick’s Day. This year, Savannah, Georgia, will put on its 194th St. Patrick’s Day parade. It’s a very big deal, even though you’ve probably never heard about it.

Savannah began its march towards St. Patrick’s Day fame in 1814 when the oldest Irish society in America, the Hibernian Society, organized a procession to the town’s Independent Presbyterian Church. Today, the parade itself is, by some counts, the second biggest in America after New York. But the total number of marchers, revelers and visitors has grown to more than 350,000-more than double the population of the entire city. Guests from Florida and the Carolinas, as well as from some of the big St. Patrick’s Day hotbeds like New York and Boston, flock to Savannah.

It’s not entirely clear how Savannah came to swell so much during St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s likely some combination of the city’s centuries-old Irish heritage, its good weather and the fact that Savannah has some of the laxest open container laws in the country. As long as you’re carrying a plastic cup of 16 ounces or less, you can enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day drinks outside in the gorgeous 70 degree weather. It couldn’t be more ideal for an extended bar crawl. But the party in Savannah is more than that. While people in Boston or New York have to hustle from O’Leary’s to O’Reilly’s to get another pint of Guinness, in Savannah, the good times follow you out into the street. Local food vendors, live music and a massive outdoor dance party are just a few of the things you’ll find down on River Street and at the huge outdoor City Market from 10 a.m. until midnight both Friday and Saturday. Plus, the city’s Irish pubs will be pouring until 3 a.m., so you can extend the festivities as long as you can stay awake.    

Savannah is also one of the only cities in the U.S. committed enough to hold its St. Patrick’s Day festivities on St. Patrick’s Day every year, lending it additional authenticity. For example, back in 2016, thousands of revelers downed their green beer on Wednesday and got up to go to work on Thursday. Fortunately, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday this year, so everyone will be able to fully recover on Sunday.

If you’re looking to catch Savannah’s famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade, it kicks off at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 17 on the corner of Gwinnett and Abercorn Streets and lasts for about four hours. But after a full Friday night spent drinking in the street, we don’t expect you to be up that early.

Food and Drink

Red Rooster Is Serving Free Chicken and Piping Hot Cash This Christmas in July

Get your early dose of festive cheer.

Red Rooster Christmas in July
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The cold weather in most parts of Australia coinciding with EOFY celebrations is the closest thing that we’ll get to snowy Christmas vibes. And if you’re in dire need of some festive cheer after the first six months of 2023, grab your ugly sweater and head to your nearest Red Rooster for Xmas in July deals.

From June 29 – July 31, 2023, Red Rooster is serving up free food items, a chance to win $10,000 or one of 10 merch packs valued at $400 and other fun prizes. All you have to do is sign up as a Red Royalty member and spend $5 on at a location near you or online.

Each week there’ll be new delicious deals and prizes to win. The week one deals have already dropped and they’re looking pretty tasty. You can get access to them via your Red Royalty account. The more you purchase, the more chances you have to win.

Spoiler alert: you can get 10 chicken nuggets for free, right now. Brb running to Red Rooster.

Terms and conditions apply. Visit Red Rooster’s Christmas in July to see all the deals.

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