We had no idea how big the St Patrick's Day celebration is until we cruised into Savannah, Georgia one lovely spring. We had stopped at Palmer Johnson Marina in Thunderbolt to get some work done on the boat. Upon checking out, the marina manager told us about Savannah's biggest annual celebration, and enticed us to stay by throwing in 2 free nights. If it weren't for him, we would never have known that St Patrick's Day is Savannah's largest celebration (it draws the second-largest crowd in the U.S., after New York City), with over 400,000 people attending.
Savannah is a beautiful city. Every few blocks is a square filled with palms, crape myrtle and stately live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss. It was spring and azaleas were in full bloom. Savannah was saved from the ravages of the civil war, thanks to its residents who had the foresight to surrender the city. Most homes and buildings in the downtown area have been restored to their former glory; you can see their intriguing architecture as you walk along the parade route.
Thousands of revelers lined the streets and waited eagerly for the colorful floats, and marching and pipe bands to pass by. Irish music wafted in the air. City fountains were dyed green. Many people not only colored their hair, they colored their dogs too! After the parade, revelers flocked to City Market and River Street to continue the celebration. Great times indeed.
|The captain was here.|
|These people go all out for St Patrick's Day in Savannah, Georgia.|
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