Many people sojourn to the city for a "spring break" getaway at this time. You might decide to begin or end your trip to Savannah at Tybee Island (15 miles from downtown), where the fun starts about a week prior with their own parade. Old Savannah Tours offers affordable, frequent round trip and one way shuttles from the island.VisitTybeeisland.com for year-round calendar information.
Savannah officials perform a great service keeping the city from deteriorating into a slushy, slovenly, come-hither Mardi Gras mess. Families enjoy bringing children to the annual parade in the morning, so it's a good idea to tame your inner party animal until after the last float has drifted out of sight. (about four hours)
There are many transportation options during St. Patrick's Day. Visit catchacat.org for shuttle bus information as well as schedules, fares, and times for all public bus service throughout the city.
A bit o' Trivia: In 2008, the 154th parade through the city's historic district was celebrated on March 14th due to concerns from the Catholic diocese that the event conflicted with religious observations of Holy Week. The regular parade date returned to the traditional March 17th date in 2009 and is expected to remain a March 17th event each year until 2160.
St Patrick's Day 2013 will be celebrated on SATURDAY the 16th
The annual SCAD International Festival takes place on a closed-off city block of Broughton Street, between Lincoln and Abercorn streets. The event is always free and open to the public. There is always plenty of fun and entertainment, and unique arts and crafts are available for purchase.
The event features traditional music, dance, art and food to celebrate the diversity of SCAD's international arts community. Among the festival highlights are special performances by wonderful entertainers.
The "Taste of the World" dining experience offers visitors the chance to taste cuisine from around the world. Participating restaurants, include the Casbah Moroccan Restaurant, which is located on Broughton Street near the event.
Senator Nelson did not give up on his cause, however, and neither did the American public. Inspired by anti-Vietnam protest methods, Nelson and Earth Day co-founder Dennis Hayes publicized a national "environmental teach-in" to raise awareness and demonstrate collective activism.
Thirty-eight years later, it is estimated that a billion people worldwide recognize Earth Day. From Washington D.C. to the Galapagos Islands, motivated crowds gather to educate, brainstorm and inspire even more people to reduce, reuse, and recycle every day of the year.
Not Another Earth Day Article
Jane C. Martin
Given that there are at least one hundred and six national holidays on our calendar, it's not surprising that Earth Day might get lost in the shuffle. Haven't I always appreciated the environment? As a highly motivated South Georgia girl scout, I spent many formative years bogging in - and floating around - Savannah's "muddy" rivers, as well as trailblazing the neighborhood forests in search of pirates, U.F.O.'s or woods people who, might, with any luck, be observed burying my seventh grade report card (No such luck).
This appreciation allowed me to befriend boxer turtles and caterpillars. It also led me to discover many important truths about nature, such as one should not crush pine bark into your father's tobacco paper and smoke it. Neither should anyone EVER ignite dry palm fronds to warm the wetlands. It's just not that cold, folks.
Clearly, I may have needed an older brother; nonetheless, these memories are part of why the environment still holds the wonder and appeal it still does for me. I certainly never imagined those resources or environs could diminish, much less disappear. The focus in those days was more on appreciation and use, rather than on preservation and sustainability. Even then, however, the conservation movement had made strides. Now I recognize, with the rest of the nation, the official Earth Day April 22 - as a day meant to celebrate and contemplate a world we all better understand.
Walking through Forsyth Park Saturday, I recalled the environment from which I sprang: a seemingly endless reserve of resources. I felt comforted walking among a group of people dedicated to the wide range of issues that go hand in hand with protecting, cleaning and conserving our planet. Hope grows alongside groups like YFACE (Youth For A Cleaner Environment), Girl Scouts, and Savannah High's Greenhouse students.
Live music at the new Visitor's Center made 2010's Earth Day celebration even better for Downtowners. Plenty of great bicycles were on display, overshadowed, maybe, only by the dogs. What a great day for dogs and dog walkers and hoola-hoopers and sunbathers and shade nappers and organic food eaters and bike riders and recyclers and gardeners alike. It was surely a great day for me. Emerson says, "Nothing in nature is exhausted in its first use." Does that mean I can use this article again next year?!
Organic Manifesto - How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, & Keep Us Safe, by Maria Rodale
Green Goes With Everything - Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and A Cleaner Planet, by Sloan Barnett
Do One Green Thing, by Mindy Pennybacker
The Story of Stuff - How Our Obsession With Stuff Is Trashing The Planet, Our Communities, And Our Health - And A Vision for Change, by Annie Leonard
What We Leave Behind - Historical analysis & prose -The root of sustainability: one being's waste must always become another being's food, by Derrick Jensen
Check out www.Earthday.org for answers to environmental questions you may not have known to ask even Al Gore!