Savannah Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day 2014

CEO Paul Hinchey rides the Candler/St. Joseph’s float.
CEO Paul Hinchey rides the Candler/St. Joseph’s float.

The rainy weather did not stop the thousands of people who gathered in Savannah for the 190th St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Savannah painted the town green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, named after Ireland’s beloved Patron Saint, St. Patrick. Visitors and locals alike enjoyed a lively and spirited annual celebration in Savannah, in what has become one of the largest festivals in the Southeast.

More than 300,000 people were expected to visit Savannah to help celebrate the second largest St. Patrick Day Parade in the United States and to enjoy the city-wide festivities. Approximately 350 floats and marching units featuring representatives from various local Irish groups, Irish pipe bands, local and regional celebrities, area politicians and military units made their regular appearances in Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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. Patrick’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.

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