"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..It's Easy Being Green…..

I spent the weekend strolling the lush green fairways of the Ritz Carlton in Amelia, cameras in hand, photographing some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful designs on four wheels. The sun was hot. Very hot. As I type this morning’s missive, my somewhat pale skin is more akin to the Rosso Corsa of a certain Italian vintage automobile. But I digress. The color of the week this week – especially here in the Hostess City of the South – is green. Today’s M5T takes a look at Savannah’s most festive day of the year.

1. The Saint

A day to pay homage to Ireland’s patron saint (who was actually British) who died March 17th, 461 AD. There was no parade that year, just a funeral procession. The Irish being Irish, the wake lasted through the weekend, with an inordinate amount of alcohol consumed. That being said, daily sales of Guinness average 5.5 million pints. This Friday, over 13 million pints of Guinness will be sold. Suffice to say that Savannah will do its best to contribute.

2. The People

Over 500 thousand people will line the streets of Savannah on Saturday to watch the parade. A family day for all to reflect on the Irish pagans converting to Christianity, celebrating being Irish, eating green grits, drinking green beer, and fighting over the best spots to watch the parade. And all of that leading up to the party this weekend.

3. The Parade

Savannah boasts the second-largest parade in the US; second only to that of  NYC. Secretly, most Yankees wish they could celebrate here, but find themselves stuck up there in the snow while we wander the streets of Savannah, beer in hand, marveling at the blooming flowers and getting sunburns. On the other end of the parade spectrum, the shortest St Paddy’s parade is found in Hot Springs Arkansas. The frivolity happens on Bridge Street, the shortest street in the world, which is only 98 feet long. No word if they sell $50 green wrist bands so you can drink in public and watch the parade go by. As an aside, we local Savannah’ians drink beer in public, for free, all year long.

4. The Color

Green wasn’t even St. Patrick’s Day original color. It was blue, which is clearly not as fun as green. Leprechaun’s, beer, grits and fountains all look much better in green. This weekend you can dress strangely, wear beads and funny hats, and even dye your hair green. Alternatively, you can enroll in the Savannah College of Art and dress like this all year.

5. The Toasts

You may not be aware of this, but the Irish like to drink, and are known for their great drinking toasts. Here’s one of my favorites…

“Here's to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking.
If you cheat, may you cheat death.
If you steal, may you steal a woman's heart.
If you fight, may you fight for a brother.
And if you drink, may you drink with me.” 

Here’s to a week of being green. Éirinn go Brách!

© 2019 D. Paul Graham, all rights reserved.

D. Paul Graham is passionate about people, culture, photography and business. He has embraced his wanderlust with his travels around the globe and is at peace with his need for spirited drives in all things automotive.

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