Saturday, March 16, 2013
St. Patty's Day Savannah Style
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!
(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)
Submitted by Duffy Brown