Forsyth Park, the jewel in the historic district of Savannah, is celebrating St. Patrick's Day already!
Savannah has the 2nd largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the country.
That's a city after me own heart, begorrah!
The city wishes everyone Cead Mile Failte, the gaelic version of one hundred thousand welcomes.
There's more than just a drop of good green Irish blood running through my veins, so any city that celebrates this Irish saint is a city that I love intensely.
Last week, there was a huge celebration in the park when the dignitaries of the city, and a few Irishers as well, got together and created a crowd-pleasing Greening of the Fountain. They added pitchers of green dye to the water in the base of the fountain until the water ran green from the torch at the top.
Savannah has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day since 1813, and this year is the 185th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. More than 400,000 people are expected to visit Savannah this year to be a part of this historic event, and it's a little sadness for me that I couldn't stretch my vacation just a few more days to be here for the day.
However, I can share with you the glorious fountain in Forsyth Park in all of its green glory! Here's a look at one of the sculptures in the fountain blowing green...
The swan sculptures are also a part of the green brigade in the fountain's base...
Here's an image of the entire base of the fountain spewing green water in every possible direction!
Is this detail of the column of the center of the fountain not completely exquisite?
I think it is.
These guys are doing their part to circulate the water of the fountain...guaranteed water aeration going on here!
Yes, St. Patrick's Day is big in Savannah, the fountain's puffing out green water, the crowds are beginning to gather and I'm going to miss it all. Next time, I'll plan this vacation a little better and make sure I'm here for the wearin' o' the green!
Rules For Living In Savannah
#102. Be here for St. Patrick's Day.
Drink green beer, wear green everything and party like there's no tomorrow.