Sunday, August 12, 2012

Savannah for St. Paddy's, THE BIG DAY Part 1

When you go to Savannah for St. Patrick's Day, it's of course a must to catch the parade - or at least some of it ;) So we were out of bed at a decent hour on March 17th, to grab a hearty breakfast at the hotel restaurant and partake in some of their free coffee...which we of course mixed with plenty of Jameson's and Baileys, poured into to go mugs and took to the parade with us.

On our way to the parade route, we even stumbled up on the Yuengling distributor's van!

...and to top it all off, the Yuengling employees caught us taking pictures and loaded us up with free stuff - t-shirts and beads, mainly. Not a bad start to the day!

Waiting for the parade
Yeah, that little house on the "float"? Definitely a porta-potty. Smart people!

I met this random couple that made necklaces out of potatoes. Also, they were from Connecticut as well and live in South Carolina now! Too funny.

The only unfortunate thing was that it was still really hot. I say "unfortunate" because it was hot enough to where even I, in my slightly revealing St. Patrick's Day outfit, was uncomfortable. And the hot coffee didn't help matters. We hung around watching the parade crawl by for a good hour and a half, but in the end we had to give up and go back to the hotel for a few minutes in the air conditioning.

That, and to restock ourselves with beer, of course ;)

And hey, on the walk back we even saw "The Diner Where Jenny Workedt" from Forrest Gump!

So. After cooling down and stocking up, it was down to River Street for us! Junior and Jaime's friends had snagged a [ridiculously overpriced] room at the Hyatt, which meant we were lucky enough to gain access to the hotel's private patio on the 4th floor. This allowed us to drink in peace, sit when we wanted or needed to sit, avoid the crazy crowds but still have a great view of all the goings-on :)

St Patty's Day roomies!
Of course, plenty of crazy shenanigans occurred...including a random push-up contest (yeah, I know, right?) and our great idea of turning the vuvuzela horn into a beer bong...

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. Eventually most of Junior and Jaime's friends disappeared (we still don't know where most of them went) and we were hungry we left the Hyatt and went in search of food. And that, my dears, is a different story for another entry ;)

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