Did you know that Savannah has the second largest Irish population in the United States? Their St. Patrick's Day parade is over 194 years old and is one of the largest and most recognized parades in the world, winding through the streets of Historic Savannah every March 17th. When I was a high schooler, we did not have a parade on Hilton Head (more on that later), so we used to skip school and go to Savannah to their parade (mind you, I only did that one year because I did not want to get in trouble so I waited until my senior year to go).
Hilton Head now has its own St. Patrick's Day parade, thanks to Tom Reilley, The Beckers and a few other friends. In our town of about 40,000 permanent residents, we can find upwards of 25,000 spectators at our 35 year old parade tradition. I went yesterday and enjoyed five bagpipe bands, The Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile among other floats, bands and even Clydesdales! In case you missed the Hilton Head parade, you can still catch the one in Savannah, that is, if you read this before March 17th. May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go, and guide you in whatever you do. And may his loving protection be a blessing to you always. Erin go Bragh!
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