The Greening of the Fountain in Forsyth Park is a local tradition that began in the middle of the 20th century in Savannah. It’s the first event of the St. Patrick’s Season that immediately follows the investiture of the Parade Grand Marshall. Whoever the lucky Irishman is that is selected by his peers to serve as leader of the year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
Part of Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities, the water in the fountain is dyed green around a week or so before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is held on March 17. This tradition began decades ago and has grown in popularity over the years. However, interestingly, Savannah officials tried to start a similar tradition in the early 1960s by dyeing the Savannah River Green — with less success. The Savannah River flows too quickly for any lasting change to its color. The Greening of the Fountain, though, has now been going on for several generations — becoming one of the many traditions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah.