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article imageSavannah readies for legendary and large St. Patrick's Day parade Special

By Kay Mathews     Mar 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Savannah - The Hostess City of the South is preparing for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day parade, the second largest in the United States, and other related activities that make Irish eyes smile.
Green is good! The more green you see in Savannah, the closer it is to the 2013 Savannah Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee states, "Savannah is known for hosting the second largest parade in the world." A book titled St. Patrick's Day in Savannah indicates that it is "the nation's second largest, rivaling that of New York City."
The book, published in 2008, states, "On March 17, more than 400,000 people flock to Savannah, Georgia, to join in the city's legendary St. Patrick's Day festivities." And, similarly for 2013, hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to make their way to Savannah and enjoy the city-wide festivities.
St. Patrick s Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah.  Savannah  Ga.
St. Patrick's Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah. Savannah, Ga.
Not only is Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade large, it is also a 200-year-old tradition. The first parade was held in 1813. The Parade Committee states, "A small group of Hibernians organized and marched on the streets of Savannah to remember the death of our Patron Saint, Saint Patrick of Ireland. Over the years the city prospered with Irish immigrants due to the potato famine and political persecution their country faced. We are proud to carry on the tradition our ancestors began almost 200 years ago."
The Hibernian Society of Savannah "was founded in 1812 for the purpose of offering aid and assistance to needy Irish immigrants. We are the oldest of Savannah's many Irish societies and organizations. We are the originators of Savannah's Saint Patrick's Day Parade!" This is one of the many activities that makes Savannah the "Hostess City of the South."
One of the signs that the St. Patrick's Day festivities and parade are just around the corner is the St. Pat's Day merchandise for sale. Books, beads, bracelets, t-shirts and more are available for purchase.
St. Patrick s Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah.  Savannah  Ga.
St. Patrick's Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah. Savannah, Ga.
As can be seen in the video, a traditional event leading up to St. Patrick's Day in Savannah is the greening of the Forsyth Park fountain, which was held on March 8. On March 9, there were numerous visitors to Forsyth Park who enjoyed looking at the fountain, its green water, and the beautiful park itself.
Forsyth Park fountain has been  greened  for St. Patrick s Day.  Savannah  Ga.  3/9/13
Forsyth Park fountain has been "greened" for St. Patrick's Day. Savannah, Ga. 3/9/13
Forsyth Park fountain has been  greened  for St. Patrick s Day.  Savannah  Ga.  3/9/13
Forsyth Park fountain has been "greened" for St. Patrick's Day. Savannah, Ga. 3/9/13
Forsyth Park fountain has been  greened  for St. Patrick s Day.  Savannah  Ga.  3/9/13
Forsyth Park fountain has been "greened" for St. Patrick's Day. Savannah, Ga. 3/9/13
My Irish eyes are smiling in anticipation of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day festivities in Savannah and I hope everyone has a very Happy St. Patrick's Day! Perhaps you will spend it in Savannah!
St. Patrick s Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah.  Savannah  Ga.
St. Patrick's Day items are for sale in shops all over Savannah. Savannah, Ga.
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