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