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Savannah’s Plant Riverside District will host its 2022 Shamrocks and Shenanigans Celebration beginning March 16.

The five-day event features free live music on two riverside stages, Irish dancing performances, family activities, mini-golf and photo shoots with Lucky the Leprechaun, as well as festive food and snacks. drinks for all ages. Featured artists will include The Fabulous Equinox Orchestra, Eric Culberson Blues Band, American Idiot (Green Day tribute band), Draucker, Lyn Avenue, Swamptooth and Ramona, and The Riot.

“We’re so excited for this amazing celebration that offers family programming, live music, etc…and did I mention it’s free?” said Tyler Gray, director of entertainment and programming at JW Marriott Plant Riverside. “We’re going to have a great time doing it.”

Gray said, “We have different stages that will be filled with music from 11 a.m. until midnight. We will have family programming with the Kids’ Corner and fun activities.

Gray pointed out that people will want to be there for opening events. “You don’t want to miss the first day. We’re kicking it off on Wednesday with Shamrock the Riverwalk where, with the push of a button, we’ll turn the entire Plant Riverside green.

The special Shamrock the Riverwalk Lighting Ceremony will be led by Kessler Collection President and CEO Richard C. Kessler and will take place March 16 at 8 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park overlooking the Savannah River.

“We are going to light the chimneys and literally all around. There will be pyrotechnics and other surprises, so it’s going to be pretty cool,” Gray said.

“I’m so happy to be a part of this,” Gray said. “I think the biggest thing Mr. Kessler wanted to do when he envisioned the Plant Riverside was to create Savannah’s first entertainment district. The idea was to create new-age experiences. We’re not going to change to New York or Las Vegas. We’re not even changing Savannah, rather we’re helping reinvent the wheel.

“This year we’re bringing something to the city to deliver the excitement that we haven’t had in the past two years,” Gray added. “There’s great excitement in being part of a tradition that dates back over 100 years while creating entertainment you’ve never seen before, as we create a new age experience that Savannah needs.”

“The parade and celebration has been going on for 100 years and we are happy to be part of the movement towards the next 100 years.”

Other highlights include Cirque Divina’s Irish-inspired nightly air shows and special fountain shows featuring the Savannah Children’s Choir recording of “Let There be Peace on Earth” and music by “Riverdance”.

Plant Riverside District will also host a St. Patrick’s Day cookie decorating experience for kids on March 18 at 5 p.m., March 19 at 2 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m.

This event includes the opportunity for children to decorate and take home freshly baked cookies as well as a chef’s hat and apron. Tickets cost $25 and are available online.

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