Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patty's Day Savannah Style


Killer in Crinolines
May, 2013
Book two…Consignment Shop Mysteries

Hi, Reagan Summerside here and it’s Party Time in Savannah.
It’s St. Patty’s Day! Everyone’s getting on the green.

Beer is not the only thing that flows emerald green during this holiday. Every fountain within the city limits is dyed green. Green reigns supreme when everything from hair to dogs to even green eggs and ham gets residents and visitors into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day.
 

Savannah has been celebrating her Irish heritage for more than a century and  this year there are 350 floats and marching units featuring representatives from various local Irish groups, Irish pipe bands, local and regional celebrities, area politicians and military units make regular appearances in Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. You may even have the chance to sample emerald-colored grits, for a true taste of St. Patrick’s Day, Savannah-style.
 
A beloved annual tradition, the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade marched through the shady streets of Savannah in 1813. In its earlier days, the parade was more of a military spectacle, with soldiers from various regiments marching in honor of St. Patric’s Day. Except for major wars, including the Civil War and World War 1, the parade has run nearly every year for almost 200 years.

Usually, March and April are among the most beautiful months of the year in Savannah. Everything is in bloom! A great time to come out and have fun with your neighbors and see Savannah at it’s finest. This picture to the right is in front of the Owens-Thomas House. True Savannah style house. Over 250,000 will come out to see the parade tomorrow.

So what are you doing to celebrate St. Patty’s Day in your neck of the woods? Wear a bit of green? Do the corned beef and cabbage thing? Attend your local parade. I’ll give away a Killer in Crinolines tote from the answers.

Have a Great St. Patty’s Day!

Hugs, Reagan
(all photos are taken by my daughter, Ann Kruetzkamp, who had the wonderful opportunity to attend Savannah College of Art and Design and is now working in NYC)




12 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures, and a lovely story. It makes me kind of sad, that this is not really celebrated in Holland. I once did come across some Irish people celebrating, they had huge Irish dogs with them.

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    1. Any excuse for a fun and a parade and I'm there. Do you live in Holland? I want to get there one of these days. They say the tulip festival is amazing!

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    2. We have a tulip festival? Wow. I do live in the city, and nowhere near the flower bulb fields, but when they are in bloom, it is amazing. We used to go for a drive to see the amazing variety of colors.

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    3. Sounds incredible! Bet it smells like heaven. Lucky you. I love spring flowers. Spring is my fav time of year.
      Have a good weekend.

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    4. I'd never heard of a tulip festival in the Netherlands, either, it's more of a homesick ex-pat thing. If you love spring flowers, though, Duffy, you need to get there give-or-take mid-April and check out a garden called the Keukenhof. Yes, it'll be crowded as all git-out, but I'm betting you'll want to move in permanently within the first few seconds you enter the grounds. Just sayin' ... [laughs] You can also get your tulip fix just walking through some of the open-air markets, or past the flower kiosks and shops, or take the train from one city to the next and just look out the window. --Mario R. (who isn't entering the tote "contest", btw, just wanted to expand upon what Aurian wrote)

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  2. Springtime has always been my favorite time of year in the south. Everything is so beautiful. I miss the dogwood trees and the redbud trees and the magnolia trees. But we do have St. Patty's Day here in Cedar Rapids. Tomorrow there will be a big parade downtown. I won't go because it's really early in the morning, it will be COLD!!!. Here they call it the SAPADOPOLIS (I think) parade. Don't know what that stands for but that's what it's called. I will get some corned beef and sour kraut along with some marble rye bread and make reuben sandwiches. I'll be the only one to eat them so I won't get a corned beef that has to be cooked, just some from the deli. I will be wearing green so I don't get pinched and hopefully when Sadie gets done at the groomer tomorrow, they'll put a little green bow on her collar. Have a great St Paddy's Day Duffy. Looking forward to Killers in Crinolines...there go the girls snickering again. :)

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    1. Hi, Sue. I so want to meet your daughters! Darling!
      Spring in the South is amazing and it goes on for two months. The place smells like heaven and looks like a Monet painting. Nothing can beat that. Thanks for chatting! Have a terrific weekend.

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  3. I really enjoyed the first book in the series and am looking forward to seeing what Reagan is up to.

    Since I live in a small town, there are no parades to attend, but I do make sure to eat corn beef and cabbage at a local restaurant.

    When I went to Ireland, I discovered at Dublin Castle that even though green is associated with Ireland, St. Patrick's color is actually blue. I wear blue on the 17 th. There has to be one weirdo in the crowd.

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    1. A trip to Ireland! Wow. That is on my bucket list. I hear it's fantastic and the people as so nice.
      What a trip.
      I love that you wear blue...you're right the rest of us are wrong! :-)
      I'm thrilled you enjoyed Iced Chiffon. You made my day!
      Killer in Crinolines is out in May and I'm working on Pearls and Poison.
      Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. There's a St. Patrick's Day parade here today...but no blooms here-it's still winter (as the lazy snowflakes currently falling can attest!) I'll be wearing green-in fact my folks gave me a t-shirt-The Leprechauns Made Me Do It which I'm wearing now! I didn't get to the grocery store, but I will today and pick up some corned beef which I'll make-no cabbage, but I do like the meat!

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    1. Looooove the T-shirt! Fantastic. Your folks sound like so much fun. Lucky you.
      I love the corned beef too. Yummmm.
      Have a good weekend.
      Hugs

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  5. Hi, Sue, Aurian, Katreader, llk10
    If you would like a Killer in Crinolines tote email DuffyBrown@DuffyBrown.com and I'll mail one off to you.
    Have a wonderful St. Patty's Day.
    Hugs, Duffy

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