South's largest St. Patrick's parade kicks off in Savannah

March 16, 2019 - 11:59 am

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Thousands of gaudy green revelers are cheering on the South's largest St. Patrick's Day parade on the Georgia coast.

Savannah's oak-shaded squares were jammed with folding chairs, party tents, and coolers of beer when the parade of marching bands and shamrock-decorated floats kicked off Saturday morning.

Irish immigrants to Savannah held the city's first St. Patrick's Day parade 195 years ago. The celebration has ballooned into a sprawling street party that's now Savannah's largest tourist attraction.

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