St. Patrick's Day

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The Savannah St. Patrick's Day parade and festival have been postponed, Mayor Van Johnson said Wednesday.

The festival was scheduled for the weekend, Friday evening through Sunday, while the parade was set for Tuesday, March 17.

"St. Patrick's is synonymous with Savannah," Johnson said, stressing that officials did not make this decision lightly. "Emotions are high. That's understandable. We get it. But in the end, public safety has to come first."

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“What a perfect day for a parade." That sentiment was echoed by locals and visitors alike lining the route for Savannah’s 2018 St. Patrick’s Day celebration on a sunny, spring Saturday.

This year two longstanding traditions were challenged. First, the U.S Army asked that women not kiss their soldiers while they marched, citing concerns that it makes them look less professional. Plenty of other cadets and officers bore telltale bright red lipstick marks on their cheeks as they marched.

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It's St. Patrick's Day, which means plenty to do in Savannah. Marcia Banes of Old Savannah Tours and Siobhan Egan of Paprika Southern Magazine share some tips.

Marcia's picks:

-Kick off the celebration with the annual Jasper Green ceremony, in which the Irish community honors the military past and present. It takes place in Madison Square, home of a monument to Jasper, a local Revolutionary War hero of Irish descent. Thursday, 5 p.m.

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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.

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Bill Dawers, editor of the music blog Hissing Lawns and columnist for the Savannah Morning News, and Mahogany Bowers, founder of Blessings in a Bookbag, offer up some ways to have fun in Savannah this weekend.

Mahogany’s picks: