Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade goes on rain or shine

190th annual St. Patrick's Day parade goes on rain or shine

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Rain or shine, the St. Patrick's Day Parade went on despite the rain. But this year Savannah celebrated with fewer people lining the streets.

It's been more than 10 years since Savannah celebrated St. Patrick's Day in the rain. Most folks who walked in the parade were decked out in their Irish gear with an extra layer of plastic, trying to stay dry.

Other folks huddled under tents and umbrellas, determined to celebrate the Irish holiday. Some say the weather made it even more Irish-like.

"The Irish families - they don't miss it," said parade watcher Laura Parrish.

This year, there were a lot of folks missing from the crowds.

"It's very nice to be able to stand at the cathedral," said parade watcher Rosanne Hearn.   

In the past, the parade route is usually packed with 10 people deep from the sidelines. This year, the only thing standing between you and the parade were the puddles.

"I'm fine with the weather, that means the crowds are down," said parade watcher Christine Tate.

But for some, celebrating St. Patrick's Day is not dependent upon the weather.  

"It's tradition," said parade watcher Suzanne Beasley.

"It's just so much fun," said parade watcher Laura Parrish. "[It's about] seeing people you haven't seen in a while and knowing that everyone is going to be in the same spot."

Perhaps today was a reflection of those who are committed to celebrating and carrying out the Irish tradition and festivities, regardless of the circumstances.

"We are ready for the rain, we have our umbrellas, we are good," said Hearn.

Many folks were wearing their blue ribbons in support of our colleague Mike Manhatton and for colon cancer awareness.

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