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03/07/03

The Greening of the Fountain

The greening of Savannah can be a challenge, especially when it's raining buckets. But even the rain couldn't stop one annual St. Patrick's Day tradition, the greening of the fountains. The rain just added a new twist, as ponchos covered the St. Patrick's Day Committee members green coat of choice this year.

"Never remember it raining at the Greening of the Fountain," general chairman Hugh Coleman said.

"When I left my office, there was a wedge of dry weather from 12 to 12:15," said Fred Elmgren of the executive committee. "Unless Pat changed the forecast, we're not going to have rain during the ceremony."

"If we get any wetter we'll just jump in, that's the only thing," joked Coleman.

The only person in the foutain was Gregory "the official green fountain man." Without the traditional ceremonial fanfare, one by one executive members of the parade committee dyed the fountain green.

"It takes a few minutes to get in, but once it's there it comes out beautiful," said Coleman.

Every fountain in the historic district be dyed green through St. Patrick's Day, Gregory is in charge. So how does he do it? The dye is actually a gold-colored powder, but turns green once it hits the water. 

This green luck of the Irish has been spread throughout the city for more than 20 years now.

Reported by: Kim Angelastro, kangelastro@wtoc.com

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