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Azaleas explode in blooms as the city prepares for it's historic Saint Patrick's day parade. The parade is the second largest worldwide and the festivities begin weeks prior with several traditions including the Celtic Cross Mass Ceremony and the greening of the fountain in Forsyth Park. All are invited to enjoy the 3 hour parade featuring award winning bands and U.S. military divisions.
Those interested in all things home and garden are sure to enjoy Savannah's annual Tour of Homes and Gardens event which is typically held in March. Visitors are afforded the opportunity to peek inside various historic Savannah homes. Included in ticket prices is the chance to view beautifully restored interiors and beloved furnishings. The event also offers seminars, trolley tours, night events, delicious food and Savannah hospitality.
Founded in 1733 by General James G. Oglethorpe, Savannah remains much as it was then, a gracious colonial city with lots of churches, comfy homes and 22 oak-canopied public squares. It is a city rich in architecture and distinct landmarks including the famous waving girl statue. Florence Martus, depicted in the statue, is said to have welcomed more than fifty thousand passing ships with a wave of her handkerchief and glowing lantern.
Places to experience in Savannah include the Riverfront shops and restaurants where River Street Sweets is not to be missed. The old candy store is a great place to purchase take-home gifts and to sample a true southern praline. Savannah's Foody Tour treats guests to a comfortable bus ride while touring the Historic District and sampling amazing restaurant foods along the way, including a stop at Paula Deen's, The Lady & Sons.
Whether you visit the famous monuments in Savannah's Squares, Tybee Island Beach or pier, pavilion or lighthouse, the adventures are sure to be enjoyable including the annual Beach Bum Parade. Fort Pulaski National Monument on Tybee Island treats Civil War history buffs to moats, draw bridges, tunnels, walking trails, protected animal life and pretty marsh and river views. For extra fun there are cannon firings 3 times on Saturdays.