Save the date: Free Flannery O’Connor Parade & Quirky Family-Friendly Street Fair, March 29, Savannah

Flannery O'Connor 2015 Parade & Street Fair2015 Flannery O’Connor Parade and Street Fair – a lively annual celebration of acclaimed author and Savannah native Flannery O’Conner’s 90th birthday – will offer family fun, live music and more.

Attendees are invited to walk in the parade, bring handmade signs, and sing along. Live music throughout the event will be provided by a cavalcade of singer songwriters and musicians from some of Savannah’s finest local bands. Music for the parade will be played by an all-star line up of the Sweet Thunder Strolling Band. Costumes inspired by Flannery O’Conner characters, settings, or the author’s life are encouraged but optional. The parade is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Lafayette Square
Abercorn St. & E. Charlton Street
Savannah, 31401

Bring your own picnic and enjoy live music, games, crafts, and contests. Meet Savannah’s local authors, get your photo or family portrait taken with a gorilla, make your own parade sign or Spin Art with ArtRise, and gamble with chickens. Refreshments from the Sentient Bean.

3PM- Parade starts in Lafayette Square with an introduction by Father Michael Chaney as Hazel Motes. Enjoy birthday cake in Lafayette Square immediately following the parade

For more information, please call 912.233.6014 or email

Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia on March 25, 1925 and is the author of the acclaimed novels Wise Blood and The Violent Bear It Away, as well as 32 short stories and numerous essays. Perhaps best known as a pioneering Southern gothic author who often wrote about morally flawed characters, O’Connor remains an important voice in American literature. She lived in Savannah until 1938 and drew inspiration from her childhood experiences in Georgia’s First City until her death from lupus in Milledgeville, Georgia on August 3, 1964. She received the National Book Award for Fiction posthumously in 1972 for The Collected Stories of Flannery O’Connor.

The Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home, located at 207 E. Charlton Street in the heart of Savannah, Georgia, is dedicated to preserving the legacy of one of the South’s greatest writers. An established 501 3(C) nonprofit organization, the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home has been meticulously restored to reflect the authentic period furnishings of a Depression-Era Savannah rowhouse and to offer insight into the years that O’Connor lived in Savannah, from 1925 to 1938. The Home proudly presents a series of free lectures each spring and fall as well as other events throughout the year. For more information, please visit or call 912.233.6014.

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