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Are you looking for events to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Augusta?  Take a look below to see some great events going on around town for St. Patrick’s Weekend! Updated 03/08/2024.

History Of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th every year.  This date is the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick, a patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain during the fifth century. But he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16. He would later escape but still returned to Ireland.

St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. The Irish have observed March 17th as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years. St. Patrick was believed to have died on March 17, 461.

After his death, many stories and legends have been passed down throughout generations. When it comes to the most popular story, it was St. Patrick explaining the Holy Trinity using the leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

The first St. Patrick’s Day wasn’t celebrated until the ninth or tenth century. And despite it being an Irish holiday, the first parade wasn’t in Ireland. In fact, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was in America in what is now St. Augustine, Florida in 1601.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Throughout the years, enthusiasm and Irish patriotism blossomed in the United States. This would lead to many “Irish Aid” societies who would host annual parades to celebrate the day. The biggest celebration with an annual parade now is in New York City, with more than 2 million spectators.

According to National Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries in the world than any other national festival. And while some consider it a “holiday,” it’s not officially a holiday in the U.S.

Fun Facts About St. Paddy’s Day

  • In 1962, Chicago used 60 pounds of green dye and became the first city to successfully dye its river green for St. Paddy’s Day.
  • St. Paddy’s Day is the third most popular drinking day in America.
  • There’s folklore that says St. Patrick got rid of snakes on the island nation of Ireland, but this is untrue.
  • Four leaf clovers and shamrocks aren’t the same. The green plant St. Patrick used to demonstrate the Holy Trinity had three leaves, and this is commonly called a shamrock. Only a 3 leaf clover can be a shamrock.
  • Leprechauns are associated with St. Patrick’s Day. It’s believed the legend behind it comes from the Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use magical powers.

Ways To Celebrate

  • Wear green! It’s the official color associated with the holiday. And a lot of people believe in pinching those who aren’t wearing green!
  • Check out the parade! See below for info on Augusta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Share an Irish Blessing.
  • Enjoy corned beef, cabbage, and other St. Patrick’s Day foods.
  • Drink green beer.
  • Hunt for leprechauns or shamrocks.
  • Or attend any of the St. Patrick’s Day events listed below!

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  • St. Patrick's Day Parade - Downtown Augusta

    Saturday, March 16th, 2024: The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 2 p.m. The route begins at 7th and Telfair Street. With ongoing construction on Broad Street, the City of Augusta has planned an alternate route for this year’s parade. The parade will leave from the James Brown Arena parking lot on 7th Street.  The parade will turn left on Telfair Street, then right on 11th Street. From there, the parade will take an immediate right onto Greene Street and end on 6th Street.

    The parade is organized by the Irish American Heritage Society.  It’s a free event filled with fun, music, and great floats!

  • City of Augusta's St. Patrick's Day Celebration

    Saturday, March 16th: After the parade, head to the Augusta Common for an afternoon and evening and fun for the whole family.  From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can enjoy live entertainment, the Kids Zone, food, drinks and more!

  • St. Patrick's Day Party at Top Dawg Tavern

    Sunday, March 17th: Top Dawg Tavern (2821 Washington Road, Augusta) is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with drink specials and Sunday Brunch until 4 p.m.

  • ShamRock-and-Roll Golf Cart Parade and Festival - Harlem, GA

    Saturday, March 16th: The ShamRock-and-Roll 2024 kicks off at 11 a.m. with the Golf Cart Parade, followed by the festival at the Harlem Library Plaza.

    Enjoy family fun with food and craft vendors, a bounce house, face painting, music, and more!

  • Pedal Pub Augusta St. Patrick's Day Weekend

    St. Patty’s Day Weekend: Book a special St. Patrick’s Day adventure with Pedal Pub Augusta! It’s a celebration on wheels!  Get more details HERE.

  • Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Crawl

    Saturday, March 16th: It’s the 7th Annual Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl.  The “Luckiest Bar Crawl Ever!” There are exclusive drink specials and food specials at select locations.

    Check in starts at 4 p.m. at Solé Augusta (1033 Broad Street, Augusta, GA). Get more info HERE.

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