St. Patrick's Day - The Savannah Way!

Kristen Baird

So this Irishman walks out of a really, it can happen!  

On a more serious note, they say that April showers bring May flowers, but Savannah can proudly show off its charming southern weather almost all spring long. And you’re in luck! There are all kinds of St. Patrick's Day events in Savannah going on all month long—everything from the traditional Greening of the Fountain to the St. Patrick's Fire Ball and everything in between. 

Savannah’s world-famous St. Patrick's Day celebrations draw large crowds to the city.  St Patrick’s Day is Savannah’s biggest event, with celebrations and ceremonies planned for several days either side of March 17 each year.

Why is St. Patrick’s Day so big in Savannah?

First, we love parades here in Savannah. The inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held in 1813 giving us 200 years to grow the celebration...and we have done our duties! Rewinding a bit, when Savannah was founded, there was a significant Irish population and the community has held onto and continued to celebrate their heritage to this day. It doesn't hurt that downtown Savannah has an open-container policy that allows adults to walk around town with beverages in hand. Green beer, anyone? 

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Why wear green on St. Patrick’s Day?

Did you know historians says that Saint Patrick's color was originally blue, not green? The hue — St. Patrick's blue, a lighter shade, can still be seen on ancient Irish flags and was used on armbands and flags by members of the Irish Citizen Army, whose 1916 Easter Rising attempted to end British rule. But the use of green on St. Patrick's Day began during the 1798 Irish Rebellion, when the clover became a symbol of nationalism and the "wearing of the green" on lapels became regular practice. The green soon spread to uniforms as well. That evolution, combined with the idea of Ireland's lush green fields, eventually made blue a thing of the past. Ha, go figure!

Get your green on...literally!

One thing we get asked around St. Patrick’s Day, is “what are your favorite green jewels”? Well, we are in a southern city and you know, southern ladies LOVE their jewelry. We can’t think of a better way to show off Irish pride, than with these statement jewels. While most people only think of emeralds when they think of green gemstones, we have a few stones up our sleeve that will broaden your horizons.  Lucky you!

Some of my favorites are the lovely chrysoprase (image 1), green onyx (image 5) and the green amethyst (image 2). The chrysoprase is the perfect shade of green. Not too springy and not too neon. Just right!  The amethyst is perfect for the neutral lover, which has just the right hint of pale green. It goes with everything. Really, everything!

Nothing says “kiss me, I’m Irish” better than the ever-so-pleasant peridot (image 3)...which also happens to be the August birthstone and the 2017 Pantone color of the year

For the super luxurious lady that wants a show stopper, we suggest our exquisite green sapphire set (image 4) in 18K gold and accented with ethically sourced diamonds. 

So Irish or not, we have lots of amazing pieces for all the “green lovers” out there!


St. Patrick's Day Favorites by Kristen Baird®


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