Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee
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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
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee pays tribute to the military by hosting the Sgt. William Jasper Memorial Ceremony each year on the eve of the Parade. The ceremony is named after the famed Revolutionary War hero, who lost his life while rescuing his regiment’s colors during the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Recruited by Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion, William Jasper enlisted in the 2nd South Carolina Regiment in 1775 and was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant. Jasper first distinguished himself... more
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
One of Savannah’s most popular tourist attractions is the scenic and beautiful Forsyth Park Fountain, constructed in 1858. Although of French design, each March, usually the week before March 17, 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... more
This just in, the new 2014 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade Magazine is available for download right here, right now. Click the Parade Magazine image above.