You'll be able to get green beer at bars in Savannah this Sunday, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday afternoon. The new law allows bars to sell alcohol on Sunday during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, defined as March 16-18. State law previously banned alcohol sales in bars on Sundays across Georgia. The Savannah City Council voted in early February to permit bars to operate during the festival.
New York has the Ball Drop. Atlanta has the Peach Drop. Now, Savannah is starting its own tradition to ring in the new year. It involves a giant replica of a plastic cup. The cup celebrates a Savannah tradition: being able to drink on the streets year-round. The six-foot-tall steel and plastic cup replicates those taken "to go" from bars.
St. Patrick's Day revelers will have plenty to do on the Savannah waterfront this weekend. But they won't have a tall ship to visit. The U.S. Coast Guard is cancelling the appearance of the 259 ft. barque U.S.S. Eagle.
Another record crowd is expected at this year's St. Patrick's Day festival in Savannah. Just as last year, this year's holiday falls on a weekend. And that's prompted officials once again to tweak the rules aimed at managing crowds.
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.