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STATEMENT from Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee 1/5/2021

 

We understand that the City of Savannah is not issuing any special event permits through March 2021. As a result, we will not have the 2021 Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade. While this is disappointing, we are confident in the City’s decision. Our top priority has always been to ensure the health, safety and welfare of parade participants and attendees.

 

After the 2020 parade cancellation, we were hopeful for 2021 and we had applied for the special event permit. Over the past several months we have continued to work with the City of Savannah during the permitting process and now we need to be united in doing what is best for our community. Since the first Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1824, there have been extraordinary times when we had to cancel the parade, and this is unfortunately one of those times. Going forward, we commit to keep you aware of our future plans and we appreciate the community’s understanding and support.

 

John Fogarty, General Chairman, Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

 

Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee provides new updates regarding special events

 

(Savannah, GA) – The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has announced that it will virtually present several special events in March 2021. “Although we are unable to have the parade and election of the grand marshal this year, we know that it’s important to respect tradition and our Irish heritage as much as possible while ensuring the safety and health of others,” said John Fogarty, General Chairman, Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. “To that end, we are working with the City of Savannah’s guidelines regarding the ability to film private events in traditional locations that we plan to virtually share with the public.”

 

According to Fogarty, the parade committee’s events celebrating the Celtic Cross Ceremony, Greening of the Fountain, Jasper Green Ceremony, and St. Patrick’s Day Mass will be virtual. “These four events represent four important aspects of what we stand for. The Mass represents the honor given to a great saint who spread Christianity throughout the pagan land of Ireland. The Celtic Cross represents our heritage and past immigrants that came to this country though struggle and turmoil. The Jasper Green represents how the Irish inserted themselves into this country and fought to build it up from the Revolutionary War and beyond. And the Greening represents the whimsical part of what the season offers as a fun way for families to enjoy the season.”

 

He added that “Due to these extraordinary times and out of an abundance of caution, we will be filming these events and presenting them virtually to the public. This is much different than in 2020, when we had already elected the parade grand marshal and held several events such as the Celtic Cross Ceremony before we had to cancel that year’s parade. Now we have more data and information so that we can make a responsible decision in a more timely manner.

 

“Since the first Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1824, there have been extraordinary times when we had to cancel the parade and other events, and this is unfortunately one of those times. Our top priority has always been to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our members, participants, and attendees,” Fogarty noted.

 

In January of this year, the City of Savannah announced that it was not issuing any special event permits through March 2021. As a result, the parade committee had to cancel the 2021 parade. Fogarty said that “after the 2020 parade cancellation, we were hopeful for a return to normal in 2021 and we had applied for the special event permit for the parade. Now it is important for us to be united with the recent decision and we look forward to celebrating our parade and its traditions in person in 2022.” The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will provide more details about the virtual events on their website, Savannahsaintpatricksday.com, prior to March 17.

 

About the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee: The Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization. Since 1824, the committee has organized and presented special events leading up to and including the parade. For more information about the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, please go to Savannahsaintpatricksday.com/.