Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

Everyone knows the drill about donning green garb on St. Patrick’s Day for parades, parties and celebrations. But, in Savannah, Ga., home to the second largest St. Patrick’s Day festivities in the world, the celebration starts long before March 17.

The city kicks off its celebrations in earnest in mid-February with an Irish festival, a Celtic cross ceremony, and many smaller parades and events leading up to its big St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade began in 1813 and today consists of more than 350 groups, including several U.S. military divisions, many award-winning bands, and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

Plus, organizations and companies join in the celebrations to help revelers on River Street enjoy the holiday. For example, Verizon Wireless hosts contests and product demos for parade-goers while enhancing its 4G LTE network in anticipation of the half-million partiers descending on the small city, almost all of whom will be using their smartphones to take pictures and video and find friends in the crowd.

Partiers in Savannah should check out the 2013 SavannahNow St. Patrick's Day app. The new app created by the Savannah Morning News features round-the-clock live mobile coverage of the festivities from the publication’s team of reporters, photographers and videographers on the ground to keep users in the know about any last-minute schedule changes, public safety issues, parking availability, free Wi-Fi hotspots, bathroom locations and party happenings.

This St. Patrick’s Day, a little bit of green and a smartphone can help make the most of the celebration in Savannah.