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The Mass of the Feast of St. Patrick will be held March 17th at 8:30 AM at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. We are very thankful to Rev. Gerry Schreck for allowing the Mass to be celebrated in these uncertain times.
Despite the recent cancellation of public events, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Sgt. William Jasper Memorial Ceremony is still scheduled to be held March 16th at 4:00 PM in Madison Square. It will, however, be an abbreviated version of the event that pays tribute to the military each year on the eve of St. Patrick's Day. The traiditional march from Johnson Square to Madison Square has, unfortunately, been canceled but a shortened ceremony will still take place. The... more
On Wednesday, March 11, the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee was notified by the City of Savannah that the 196th St. Patrick's Day Parade is canceled. While we are disappointed, we respect the decision by the City of Savannah in light of recent public health concerns.
Savannah’s Celtic Cross Monument was dedicated on December 3, 1983 as part of the celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of Savannah and the colony of Georgia. At the direction of Mayor John Rousakis, committees were formed among the various ethnic groups in Savannah to develop plans for monuments to represent the rich cultural diversity of the city. The late Dr. Paul Jurgensen was selected to lead the Irish Monument Committee. A Celtic Cross was chosen as the design of the monument,... more
On Sunday, February 23rd the members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee met at the Benedictine Gymnasium and selected Michael W. Roush, Sr. to serve as Grand Marshal of Savannah’s 196th St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Mike has been a member of the Parade Committee since 1974 and has served on the Adjutant’s Staff for 45 years. He served as the Parade Adjutant in 2008 and 2009. Mike was born in 1944 in Mariemont, Ohio, and moved to Savannah in 1957. He attended Sacred Heart School... more
The ornate Forsyth Park Fountain is of French design, however, each March it take on the “wearing o’ the green” in preparation for Savannah’s most celebrated event of the year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Some say it was the impish work of leprechauns that initiated the Greening of the Fountain. The story goes that in the mid 1980s an unknown group, enthusiastic about the approaching parade, attempted to dye the fountain water green. The City of Savannah, concerned about what might go wrong if... more
Each year it is our distinct privilege to select an exemplary Irishman to lead the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in celebration of the life and faith of Ireland’s patron saint. This grand feast day is not only a testament to the power and joy of St. Patrick’s faith embedded in the hearts and minds of the Irish people, but has evolved into one of this nation’s greatest celebrations of God, Family and Country. On Sunday, February 24, 2019, the members of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee elected Gerald “... more
Congratulations to Michael Aloysius Kenny for being elected Grand Marshal of Savannah’s 194th St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Michael was born August 9, 1958, in Savannah, to Nicholas S. Kenny, Jr. and Phyllis Edna Steeves Kenny. He is the youngest of six siblings. His Irish lineage can be traced through several surnames, notably Kenny, Brennan, McGuire and McGowan. The Kenny line is verified to County Wexford. Michael and his wife, Laura Brown Kenny, are communicants of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic... more