7 Best Places To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In The South

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Who says St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a traditional Southern pastime? We have some absolutely delightful St. Patrick’s Day festivals you may not have heard of right here in the good ol’ South. If you don’t have plans yet for March 17, bust out your shamrocks and green outfit before it’s too late! Check out these amazing celebrations of St. Patty (in no particular order) that are practically in your backyard.

7 Best Places To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day In The South: 

1. Savannah, Georgia

The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one you don’t want to miss. It takes place on March 17, rain or shine, and begins at 10:15 AM. The festivities in the month of March that lead up to the parade include the greening of a fountain in Forsyth Park on March 11 at 12 PM, a Celtic cross ceremony on March 13 at 1 PM at Emmet Park and a Feast of St. Patrick Mass at 8 AM on March 17 before the parade.

2. Erin, Tennessee

The Irish Day Parade and Arts and Crafts Festival in Erin have been around since 1963! There are a ton of activities ranging from a beauty pageant to the Get Your Shamrock On 5K. The Leprechaun Parade is on March 19 and begins at 11 AM.

3. Roanoke, Virginia

You won’t get bored at the Roanoke McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival on March 12, guaranteed. The parade begins at 11 AM and there are a variety of other events such as the Shamrock Festival, McDonald’s Kid’s Zone, Corned Beef & Co. Celtic Celebration and the Martin’s St. Pats Block Party throughout the rest of the day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Virginia’s Blue Ridge!

Posted by Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4. Dallas, Texas

Check out the 37th Anniversary Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival! The parade is on March 19 at 11 AM and is apparently the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southwest, boasting 125,000 (plus) in attendance. Best of all, the parade proceeds benefit the GAABA Scholarship Fund and more than $72,500 in scholarship money has already been awarded to Dallas ISD students.

5. Hot Springs, Arkansas

The people of Hot Springs sure have a sense of humor. The First Ever Thirteenth Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is taking place on March 17. This year Gary Busey is the Official Starter of the parade and Kevin and Michael Bacon are the Celebrity Grand Marshals. There are also a whole bunch of other hilarious events you don’t want to miss out on.

Al Capone is ready for the parade tonight, are you? Make sure you use the hashtag #ShortestStPats in all of your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts!

Posted by Visit Hot Springs on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

6. New Orleans, Louisiana

The New Orleans St. Patrick’s Day Parades are such fun! There are several parades and parties to choose from, so take your pick! If you want to see a parade on the big day itself, go for the Downtown Irish Club Parade, which begins at 6 PM.

7. San Antonio, Texas

There are a whole bunch of events to choose from at the Murphy’s St. Patrick’s Day River Parade and Festival, ranging from the dyeing of the River Walk green to a Tennessee Valley Authority concert. The parade itself takes place on March 13 from 3:30-5 PM.

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