Irish Celebration Highlights: Tybee Island’s 14th Annual Irish Heritage Parade

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WSAV-TV) – Savannah’s little beach town looked more like the emerald isle Saturday as hundreds celebrated their Irish heritage. Heritage parade is one of the first leading up to saint Patrick’s day around Savannah.

“You can meet friends, you don’t have to worry about getting loss in a crowd, you don’t have to worry about keeping your children on a chain or a leash. it’s just a safe family environment,” says longtime Tybee resident Tricia Lewis.

For families like the Lewis’ who have called Tybee home for decades, they enjoy in what the parade has become.

“They didn’t have all of that down here and it’s progressed into a real nice good family time down here,” says Tricia’s husband Bill who has lived on the island since 1975.

The parade marks a good time for the family and for all ages. Even as it grows from a handful of floats to now nearly a hundred, locals and visitors still see it as a smaller and safer event.

“It’s on the small scale but we have a lot of families, it’s about our heritage and the tradition. it’s our fourteenth year so it’s the same thing we’re just trying to make it better every year,” says the Tybee Island Irish heritage committee chair Jay Burke.

As Tybee Island turns green this St. Patrick’s day season it’s a day for family and the Irish who have shaped the islands history.

“We have a lot of Irish folks out here and this is a great way to celebrate their heritage and all they have done for Tybee over many many decades,” says mayor Jason Buelterman.

You can see several pictures of the parade through our gallery.

News 3 will be out again giving you full coverage of the Sunday Hilton Head Island St. Patrick’s Day parade and celebration.

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