Savannah City Council is looking to reevaluate some parameters for the 2013 St. Patrick's Day Parade. As the parade and event get larger, council members are wondering if the growing size will turn visitors away.
The mayor of Savannah says she's chosen not to challenge the tradition of an all-male Irish society that didn't invite her to its upcoming 200th banquet. The Savannah Morning News reports that Mayor Pro Tem Van Johnson will attend instead of Mayor Edna Jackson because of the no-women rule.
Savannah is getting ready for a busy weekend as thousands of gaudy green tourists are expected to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Georgia's oldest city holds its sprawling St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, and the weekend celebration has organizers predicting a very profitable event for local businesses.
The grand marshal of the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, Tim Ansley, will kick off the week leading up to Savannah's biggest holiday by dumping green dye into Forsyth Park's cast-iron fountain on Friday. It's a sure sign that St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner.
Savannah city leaders are banning the public display of snakes at the upcoming St. Patrick's Day festival. Pythons and other snakes have been part of the festivities in recent years, and the snake handlers are often mobbed by drunken revelers fascinated by the reptiles.
Savannah is bracing for hundreds of thousands of partiers this week. The coastal city hosts the nation's second-largest Saint-Patrick's Day festival and in recent years has been easing up on some crowd control measures. For the first time in 12 years, partiers won't have to buy a special wristband to drink alcohol on the waterfront.