from: Associated Press
SAVANA, GA (AP) – Officials in Savannah are implementing plans to bring back the city’s favorite parade on St. Patrick’s Day, a 198-year tradition in Georgia’s oldest city that is also one of the most lucrative events.
City officials have refused to allow a broad parade on March 17 in 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the celebration is scheduled to return next month with some changes aimed at ending drunkenness in public places and boosting business in local bars and restaurants.
Savannah City Council voted Thursday to reject permits previously used to hold a multi-day St. Patrick’s Day festival with open-air concerts and beer vendors on the city’s waterfront. Mayor Van Johnson said COVID-19 contamination is expected to continue to decline until the arrival of the Irish holiday.