Where are St. Patrick’s Day parades in Georgia this year?

Plus a look at the St. Patrick’s Day parade grand marshals

If you are looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Georgia, who doesn’t love a parade covered in green? And Georgia cities have a number of parades for the holiday this year.

The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon on March 17 along Peachtree Street in Midtown. The parade begins near the Woodruff Arts Center and ends near the Fox Theatre. There is also a 5K before the parade.

The grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Atlanta will be marshals, plural. They are children representing the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, according to a spokeswoman. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is known for its mission of shaving heads to raise money and awareness for fighting childhood cancer.

Before the parade, St. Baldrick’s Foundation will hold a shaving fund-raising event near the reviewing stands.

Atlanta Events: More ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta.

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A marching band performs during the 2017 Atlanta St. Patrick's Day parade.  (J Glenn Photography)

If Dublin is more to your Irish tastes, you could travel to Ireland or Ohio. Or just take a ride along I-16 to Dublin, Ga., home of a parade and about 40 events on either side of St. Patrick’s Day to mark the day in ways large, small and festive. The Dublin Ga. St. Patrick’s Day Parade is 10:30 a.m. in downtown Dublin on March 17, and there is a festival and related activities all weekend.

And some would say New York has nothing better than St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city and long a celebrated center of Irish fun around March 17. Savannah will host Vice President Mike Pence for the 2018 parade.

The grand marshal of the Savannah parade is local resident Michael Kenny, whose own Irish (American) father had the same honor for the parade in 1978. The Savannah parade begins (promptly, organizers say) at 10:15 a.m. on March 17. And the Savannah parade, after all, is the second largest in the United States.

There are other ways to celebrate. The Mall of Georgia in Gwinnett County invites participants to “Shake Your Shamrock” in various ways. Park Tavern near Piedmont Park in Atlanta is hosting something called Lepre*CON 2018 for many hours.

Related: AJC Atlanta events for March 17

If your idea of St. Patrick’s Day is eating or drinking or just wearing something green, you can do that in many places. Green beer, for example, you could even make at home with some food dye. And we seem to recall that Krispy Kreme served green doughnuts last year. Maybe again?

If your travel plans find you NOT in Ireland or Georgia for St. Patrick’s Day, here are some other places around the world to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from the website Irish America.

Georgia U.S. Rep. John Lewis was Honorary Grand Marshal of the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2017. (Hyosub Shin,

Last thought: St. Patrick’s Day falls, inconveniently, during Lent. Is it a sin to drink green beer — while wearing something green — during Lent? We are reminded of the answer often given by the late Tom Murphy, speaker of the Georgia House, who always tried to finish the Georgia legislative session before St. Patrick’s Day so he could go to Savannah: “That is a matter for each and every member to decide for his or her self.” Or you could ask the neighborhood priest.

Related: What do shamrocks mean on St. Patrick’s Day?

Editor’s note: This article bears no connection to St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland.

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