**warning- this post is wordy w/ a TON of photos. don't say i didn't warn you. 😉 **
In case you didn't know, St. Patrick's day in Savannah is HUGE. Our parade/celebration is the 2nd largest in the US (right behind boston)!! There were over a million people at the parade this year.To give you an idea,here's a shot of River St.:
EEEEEK!!! I'm glad we didn't venture that far north!!
photo from here
It was an amazing thing to witness, to say the least. To learn more about the history of Savannah and St. Pat's, you can read here. To see lots of photos,videos, and news stories about the craziness…you can read here.
In the weeks leading up to the parade, there are all sorts of cool traditions happening in Sav. Our favorite is the greening of the Forsyth Park fountain:
The weeks leading up to the festivities are simply fun. Full of joy and anticipation. I wasn't able to attend the parade last year (due to itttty bitttty babies!) and I knew I HAD to make it this year, especially since it's our last one.
We got a sitter for the babies and I took the bigs with me, I knew they were going to want to experience this.
After a special breakfast:
Luckily, we had the option of taking buses with the Rangers. And get this…we had a police escort. I was completely in awe. I felt like a little kid. HA!
After parking south of Forsyth Park, there was LOTS of walking to be done. No big deal unless you happen to have a gaggle of 923480283 children with you, as me and my girlfriends always do! I scooped up my friend's little girl, we made a human chain, and went on our merry way.
The Ranger wives/families were given bleacher seats right in front of St. John Cathedral.
This is the view from where we were sitting:
The girls with all of their friends (and their red lipstick…waiting to kiss their daddies).
Before the boys rounded the corner in front of the stands, we could hear a roar from the spectators. We all jumped up on our feet b/c we knew that could only mean one thing…the guys were coming!
The girls saw him just as I did and we ran for him as fast as we could.
He scooped the girls right up and we all went in for smooches:
We headed back to the buses and went back to J's office. We picked him up and here's how he looked. Sheepish+happy. And his face was COVERED with lipstick.