St. Patrick's Day started early this morning in Savannah with the Hostess City's annual parade - one of the largest in the country.
Bagpipers led the long procession of floats, bands, and marchers - many of them in town from around the state and country.
In a city where it's legal to drink alcohol in the street, St. Paddy's has a reputation for getting rowdy. But lifelong residents like Christy White say for them, it's about more than green beer.
"It's a family day where you get together," White explains. "It's like coming home for Christmas. It's more important than coming home for Christmas."
Like many Savannah families, White's goes to mass every year before the parade. The Feast of St. Patrick mass packed the pews of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which sits on the parade route.
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The festivities do continue well after the parade. The city's downtown festival zone, with parties and live music, runs through Saturday.