I was chatting with my friend Andie from Louisiana earlier in the week and mentioned that I really want to take my kids to NOLA for a Mardi Gras parade. She said she wasn’t a fan and I had to laugh. I feel the same way about the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Savannah. I never missed it once for about 29 years. And then I had a baby and haven’t been back! It’s just all too much. :-) But, what I DO love and what I try not to miss is the Irish Heritage Parade down on Tybee Island. It is always the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day and is a great, family friendly event.
We spent the day at Sister’s beach house. The cousins had a fantastic time playing, while the adults sat on the porch and watched the crowds stream in. We enjoyed a delicious lunch of corned beef sandwiches, salads, grits and cookie cake.
We popped in Tybee Social for a few festive drinks.
The kids (not just ours) loved playing in the street once the police shut it down for traffic around 2:15.
The parade starts around 3PM (if you’re local, you’ll understand that everything at the beach happens on “Tybee time”) and lasts about 75-90 minutes. Everything is family friendly and there are all sorts of characters to see. The Shriners are always our favorite part! Most throw beads and candy, which the kids love.
If you’re in Savannah and wish to see the parade, you’ll want to make a day of it! We had our chairs out on the parade route by 11 AM for prime viewing, but it really isn’t hard to find a good spot to watch. Many people set up a table with snacks and have coolers with drinks. The local restaurant are also open. Plan for heavy traffic when leaving. We hung out at the beach until about 5:30 PM and the drive back was still twice as long as usual.
Thanks to Sister for hosting such a fun pre-party!! <3
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