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Georgia goes green on St. Patrick’s Day, celebrating Irish heritage from north to south. Whether it be a party to gather friends to drink beer, or an authentic experience delving into the roots of the culture, Georgia has you covered.
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Savannah preps for their massive St. Patrick’s Day Parade by holding several events in anticipation of the big day, such as the Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park. Celebrations here are more than green beer and shamrock swag, they reach deep into the culture to celebrate Irish heritage. On March 17th, the parade will begin at 10:15 am.
Live music venue, The Foundry, in Athens Georgia will be putting on an Irish show in its eclectic theatre. Definitely being a step away from the typical parties and parades, the show is laid back, and a different experience entirely. Green Flag Band & The Gentry, The Company Stores, and the Athens Drake School of Irish Dancing are among the list of performers, and there will also be traditional Irish food and Guinness beer.
Atlantic Station is a little block of Atlanta that has brick paths and walkways— this allows people to shop and eat without running through major city streets. Many events are held here—Shamrock the Station will be for all ages. Expect music, games, food and a whole lot of Irish Spirit.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated a day early at the ninth annual Suwanee American Craft Beer Fest. One of the biggest craft beer festival’s in the southeast, Town Center Park will be full of food, games, live music and…unlimited tastings of 350 craft beers. Grab your tickets early for discounted prices!
Rock City in Lookout Mountain Ga switches things up for the holiday—enter Shamrock City! Irish and Celtic musicians will be performing, and experts teach visitors how to dance the jig; but you could always just watch the professionals. A few festive items on the menu are Scotch Eggs, Guiness Cheese Fondue, Guiness Floats, Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage and green mint milkshakes. Need we say more?
Streets around The Buckhead Shops completely shut down for this huge party—Fado’s authentic roots mean they know how to throw a killer Irish bash. Outdoor bars offer beer, whiskey and other festive drinks, while the music is always awesome. Fado also throws a “St. Practice Day” the weekend before, on March 10th. But perhaps the most meaningful celebration at Fado’s is when volunteers gather to have their heads shaved for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises awareness and funds for childhood cancer.
Finding a great happy medium between activities for the kids, and some tasty brews for the adults, Smyrna’s Festival is one of the more family friendly options. From watching fountains turn green, to eating great food, this event in the Market Village is just the right amount of “party”.
Atlanta holds one of the longest celebrated St. Patrick’s parades in country—starting all the way back in 1858. Like Savannah, Atlanta integrates true Irish culture by featuring Atlanta Irish groups like Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fire Emerald Society of Metro Atlanta, and the Irish Information Center. Expect to see community band performances, bagpipes, dancers, floats and vivid displays.
Of course a city named Dublin is going to have an awesome party—a six week long one. There’s over 40 events happening within this monster celebration that extends through February and March, from the St. Pawtrick’s Pet Costume Competition to the Leprechaun Road Race. Pancake breakfasts and corned beef dinners are on the list too.