Let the Good Times Roll: Mardi Gras in Savannah
Laissez le bon temp rouler. That’s right, revelers, it’s time to let the good times roll with Mardi Gras on Georgia’s coast!
This year, Mardi Gras falls on March 5, but it’s celebrated with events leading up to Fat Tuesday, the last day before Lent.
Mardi Gras or Carnival, is a tradition dating back to the ancient Romans. It was brought to the United States by French settlers, and has been observed here for more than 200 years.
Mardi Gras day is the culmination of the Carnival celebration that begins on the Day of Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. In some places, they celebrate Carnival from that day (also known as the Twelfth Night of Christmas, through Ash Wednesday, the day after Fat Tuesday. During Carnival, revelers indulge in rich, decadent foods (and drinks) before the fasting of the Lenten Season, which begins on Ash Wednesday and continues through Easter.
The celebration is marked with parties, parades and, of course, feasts of food.
Plan a visit to Savannah for the Mardi Gras River Street Pub Crawl, tentatively set for March 5. Savannah’s River Street is a center for nightlife, anytime of year. With more than two dozen bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs in the area, it’s lively and festive. With Mardi Gras added to the mix, you’re sure to have a spirited celebration. The event is held by the Savannah Waterfront Association, so check their website for updates.
Tybee Island will be all decked out on March 2 for its family-friendly Mardi Gras parade, followed by a rollicking street party. The fun-loving residents of Tybee Island will have the area dressed in the purple, green and gold of Carnival season. It’s inviting and colorful, with a hometown parade followed by friendly fun. Even the dogs get into the action during Mardi Gras here.
Book a stay in one of our Savannah rentals or Tybee Island vacation rentals to be close to all the action, whether you choose to celebrate in Savannah or Tybee Island. After all, you’ll want a comfortable place to rest and re-group after all the reveling!