This year’s parade proved once again that St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is an event celebrated not just citywide, but statewide and across the nation.
It seems Crack O’Dawn Breakfast was the place to be as dozens gathered to kick off the big holiday.
“Everybody that wants to be Irish in Savannah–this is the best breakfast in town. Crack of Dawn started 48 years ago,” said host Michael Foran.
Foran is a past Grand Marshal and, apparently, the most popular host in town. People young and old, green bearded and not, showed up for the event.
Even Georgia Governor Brian Kemp stopped by as he started his St. Pat’s celebration in Savannah.
“So many come to the parade from all over the world, so it is a great showcase for our state and I’m proud to be here,” Kemp said.
State Representatives Buddy Carter and Jesse Petrea made a stop, too.
“Seven members of Congress came with us down here this week, so we’re showing the city off,” Carter said.
Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach was sure to fuel up before walking in the parade. He said the breakfast fit Savannah’s nickname as the “Hostess City of the South.”
“I’ve got groups from Ireland to come here I’ve got groups from California to come here. They go to Boston or New York but they never go back,” Foran said. “They all come back to Savannah.”