St. Patrick's Day in Savannah

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"Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last."
--Irish proverb

Recognized by a sea of green as far as the eye can see, the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Savannah, Georgia, is a legendary tradition that annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to this historic Southern city. Locals and tourists alike come to watch the parade, attend the parties and religious celebrations, and feast on Irish food, and during the festivities, all are ...

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Overview

"Dance as if no one were watching, sing as if no one were listening, and live every day as if it were your last."
--Irish proverb

Recognized by a sea of green as far as the eye can see, the St. Patrick's Day celebration in Savannah, Georgia, is a legendary tradition that annually attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to this historic Southern city. Locals and tourists alike come to watch the parade, attend the parties and religious celebrations, and feast on Irish food, and during the festivities, all are urged to let loose, enjoy the flaming green grits, and become Irish for a day.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
If you cannot be in Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Savannah, Georgia is the next best thing. Employing the photo essay format, the authors and photographers take you through all the preparations, festivities, and fun of the annual parade. A brief history reveals that the first parade, held by the Hibernian Society in 1813, was a private affair. It opened to the public in 1824 and has been held every year since. Upwards of 500,000 people descend on the small city to celebrate by either marching in or watching the parade. There are bands, pipers, Irish dancers, clowns, belly dancers, and anything that is green and moves can be a float. One of the most whimsical traditions to come out of the parade is that females along the route kiss all marching men and boys. Pictures of young cadets sporting a plethora of bright red lipstick smooches are most amusing. Perusing all the photos from the somber Mass at the cathedral to begin the day to leprechauns and green bearded men, babies in buggies, princesses in their tiaras, Army Rangers in fatigues, and the celebrating throngs along the route it all looks like a lot of fun and is a tempting invitation to join in. The impressive photos lure the reader into turning more and more pages. Not a first purchase but it sure is fun and makes you want to head for Savannah come March 17. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589806368
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,465,331
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janice Shay, owner of the book-packaging company Pinafore Press, is an award-winning book designer who has produced cookbooks and art, garden, gift, and children's books. For her efforts in design, Shay received the Comstock Award and the Jane Addams Peace Price for Children's Literature. She previously served as an art director for magazines such as Rodale's Scuba Diving and Atlanta. Shay lives in Savannah, Georgia.

Polly Powers Stramm is an award-winning journalist, the author of several books, and the co-author of St. Patrick's Day in Savannah and Mr. Dickey's Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes from a True Texas Pit Master. She has written for several publications, including USA Today, Time, and Newsweek. A Savannah native, Stramm writes books that revolve around the history of the city and its residents. Stramm and her husband, Steve, live in Savannah, Georgia.

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