7 Reasons Why I Am Totally OVER St. Patrick's Day in Savannah GA

24 March 2016

 

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 Savannah GA is home to the 2nd largest celebration for St. Patrick's Day.  I've never talked about it on my blog because it's been well over a decade since I've been so I decided to give it a shot and head out for a night of Irish fun.  As soon as I touched down on River Street, I remembered why I never returned....  So, here are 7 reasons why I am absolutely and completely OVER St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, GA...



1.  Parking is HEINOUS...
You're lucky if you get within good walking distance of all the fun. And make sure you park correctly or Savannah's finest will be there to give you a ticket or a tow.

2.  It's crowded... 
Not regular crowded either, it's super crowded. I wish I had an aerial shot of the view on River Street. There are thousands of people and you are literally walking with someone reading on your neck at all times.  The pictures below were taken when I was able to raise my hands.  Most of the time, the crowd was so thick that I couldn't even reach for my phone.
 

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3.  Drunk people aren't so funny when you're older...
When I went to St Patrick's Day on River Street when I was younger, it was hilarious to see all of the drunk people. And there are plenty! It's nothing to see someone puking or pissing in the street. Now that I'm a little older, that kind of behavior isn't entertaining to me anymore. It's aggravating and makes me wish I could just disappear.


4.  Most places are cash only (ATMs)...
I am notorious for not carrying any cash! I totally learned my lesson this year. Most of the lines for alcohol or cash only but there are several ATM out there for you to use. However after being used thousands of times by patrons, most of them were out of order and if they were working, there was a service fee of almost $6!!!

5.  Lines for booze are ridiculously long...
Everyone's favorite drinking spot on River Street is Wet Willie's. The lines were really, really long and wrapped around the corner. The staff did a great job of getting people in and out so the line did move pretty quickly but taking one look at that line made me intimidated and I just skipped that experience.


6.  Most of the staff is not very nice...
Any other time of the year when I'm on River Street, the shop owners and restaurant/bar staff are very, very friendly. Understandably during St. Patrick's weekend they are not so kind. I'm sure it's difficult to juggle thousands and thousands of people- most of them being intoxicated. I'm used to southern smiles and sweet southern charm when I visit Savannah, so no thank you.

7.  Police are everywhere...
Thankfully so, but it can be a little scary. So there's no drinking a little bit (or a lot) and then carefully driving home.  There were so many people stopped on the side of the road and so many abandoned cars from DUIs- I assume.  The city gets ready and brings in cops from everywhere to maintain the crowd.


 
How to do St. Patty's right when you're native to the area:
 
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1.  Go to the Tara Feis Celebration...
It's a free outdoor celebration of Irish Heritage that's usually held the weekend before St. Patrick's Day in Emmet Park and presented by the City of Savannah's Department of Cultural Affairs.  There's more to celebrate about Irish Culture than just drinking!
 

2.  Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park...
It's a big thing and everyone gets a really big kick out of turning the fountains green. I usually don't get to see it because it's done during the day while I'm at work. But luckily the fountains stay green for a while.
 

3.  The Mass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist...
St. Patrick's Day Mass is celebrated at 8 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Georgia.
 

4.  Go to the bars up on Bay Street...

They're significantly less crowded and they're close enough to the party to feel like you are participating but far enough away that you aren't engulfed by the crowds.  Plus, they have awesome drink specials during the celebration and places to sit down.  We were able to drink and eat when we went up to Churchill's Pub.

 

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Until Next Time...
 
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