The Greening of the Fountains

It's safe to say the Saint Patrick's Day celebration is underway and Savannah is already turning green. WTOC was there as the city kicked off one of its most colorful Saint Patrick's Day traditions. The committee worked a little magic today for the Greening of the Fountains.

Father Joseph Ware told us, "I've lived 80 years to come to a day like this." As the 2004 St. Patrick's Day grand marshal, Father Joseph sprinkled the first bit of green into the fountain at Forsyth Park. "It's the greatest honor an Irishman can receive in Savannah, or anywhere for that matter," he said.

One by one, the St. Patrick's Day Committee added their buckets to the mix, and in the twinkling of Irish eyes, the water took on the shade of the Emerald Isle. Savannah has been turning the fountains green for 20 years now. It's a tradition, not only for the city, but also for many families.

"That's what it's all about," said Vincent Powers, the 2004 general chairman. "It's about the family, the children and especially on St. Patrick's Day, with the marching bands and the beautiful floats, it's all about family and children."

"There are a lot of things you can go to, but you can pick the ones you want to turn into traditions for your family," noted Savannahian Michelle Powers. "I like this one, especially, because this is such a family thing and it doesn't last long and the kids don't have to be good the whole time."

All of Savannah's city fountains are taking on the shade of the shamrocks through St. Patrick's Day.

Reported by: Liz Flynn, lflynn@wtoc.com