Irish Catholics celebrate their heritage

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Savannah Irish Catholics celebrated their heritage on Sunday.

The day began with a Mass at the Cathedral. Hundreds turned out for the event.

The crowd cheered for Grand Marshal Denny Herb and his wife.

"It's an unbelievable feeling I'll never forget the rest of my life," Herb said.

After Mass, Herb along with hundreds of other Irish Catholics paraded through the streets of Savannah to Emmet Park for the traditional Celtic Cross Ceremony.

"To be American Irish is like a badge of honor that we wear each day as a tribute to those who forced the framework of life for us here in Savannah," speaker Dave Roberts said to the crowd.

Verna Gillikin attended the mass and ceremony with an out-of-town friend. "It's just the atmosphere of the time and what we're celebrating. It's the spirit of this entire event that is so special," she said.

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