It is a big day (and weekend) in Savannah! (and I will be working IT!!!)
With one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the United States, Georgia’s First City knows how to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day right. In addition to Celtic societies and Irish families, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade features pipe bands and Irish dancers from all over the East Coast – Florida to New York. But it’s not limited to that; visitors from all over the world, even Ireland itself, come to Savannah to celebrate heritage in our spirited parade through Downtown Savannah.
Floats and marching units will hit the streets at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017 for Savannah’s 193rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will feature more than 350 marching units and up to 15,000 people. When it started in 1824, the parade was more of a military spectacle, with soldiers from different regimens marching in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Except for major wars, including the Civil War and World War I, Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has run nearly every year for the past 187 years.
So, what did I do??? The Chatham County Emergency Management Authority actives it EOC for the actual parade. It is precautionary measure due to the large numbers of people who are in the city for this event. They want to assure they have all the resources available in a central location for info gathering and decision making if needed. I was working in the Communications section and it was a very uneventful day, but that is a good thing! 🙂