One of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the United States is held in Savannah, Georgia. Who knew? But it seems many Irish settled in the area in the eighteenth century. And by 1824, the local Hibernian Society had organized the first parade.
St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in Savannah—and it’s been that way for 188 years. In fact, the Hostess City edition of this Irish-American holiday tradition is one of the biggest in the country, putting it on par with do-it-big cities such as Chicago, New York and Boston. This city of about 140,000 grows by about 500,000 green-clad visitors every March 17—all coming to watch floats, high school bands, Shriners, bagpipers, Clydesdale horses, military representatives and musicians showing off their finest Irish spirit.
This article in the AAA Auto Club South has some fun information about this very Southern St. Patrick’s Day celebration. And for more information, check out the official website. (Be patient: the time is nigh and the site may be overloaded.)
There’s no parade where I live. But I’ll pin on my little “I’d rather be in Ireland” button and carry on as if there were. 🙂