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Lots of blarney in Savannah lore about St. Patrick's Day

Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band perform while marching past The Cathedral of St. John The Baptist during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah in 2015. (AP photo by Stephen B. Morton)
Members of the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe Band perform while marching past The Cathedral of St. John The Baptist during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah in 2015. (AP photo by Stephen B. Morton)

SAVANNAH, Ga.Believe everything you hear about St. Patrick's Day in Savannah and you might think hotel rooms are sold out as 1 million people cram Georgia's oldest city to see the Savannah River dyed green.

A sober look at those assertions, however, reveals they're all pure blarney.

Savannah will host a supersized St. Patrick's Day parade Thursday. It's one of the South's largest street parties after Mardi Gras and its 192-year history comes laden with plenty of myth.

The Savannah River was only dyed green once - in 1961 - and it flopped. The official who claimed more than 1 million people attended the 2012 Savannah parade now says he meant over several days and an area extending into South Carolina.

The Savannah visitors bureau says last-minute travelers can typically still find a room.