Associated Press News Release
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- It looks like Savannah will be celebrating a soggy St. Patrick's Day.
Rain was falling across the city early Monday and showers were forecast to continue through the parade's scheduled 10 a.m. start time. Thousands of gaudy green revelers have been celebrating through the weekend. Bars were even allowed to open Sunday for the first time to pump more tourism dollars into the economy.
The St. Patrick's Day parade is a 190-year-old tradition in Savannah. It was started by Irish immigrants to the Georgia coast in 1824.
The celebration is now Savannah's biggest tourist attraction of the year. The city visitor bureau says most of the 15,000 hotel rooms in town were booked for St. Patrick's Day this year, despite the holiday falling at the start of a work week.