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Behind the scenes of the greening of the fountain

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One of the many high points of the Saint Patrick's Day festivities is the greening of the fountain.  Not only does it make it feel more like the holiday, but folks can see it.

The tradition is fun for all, including one man who's been helping turn the iconic white fountain and all the other fountains in the city green.

Gregory Pinckney loves to watch the crowds.

"It's like Christmas, a lovely Christmas," said Pinckney.

Pinckney has been working with the City of Savannah since 1985, and with the fountains almost as long.

"15 to 20 years over the fountains. I turned it over to the new guys on my crew, so you know i'm passing it on through the generations," said Pinckney.

He likes to see the people's reaction, and they love to come from near and far to watch.

"Beautiful, splendid Southern Hospitality. Brilliant as the Irish would say," said Dan Murphy, Wisconsin.

Angela Stewart just moved to Tybee and had to come and see.

"It's a great beginning to get in the mood," she said.

Ally Todd, of Florida, staked out a spot at the fence an hour before the big event.

"We wanted to make sure we could see everything!  We wanted to see the first speck of green," said Todd.

While Pinckney helps add the extra green to the grand marshal's officially pouring, he says he prefers that the crowds clap for the ones in the green jackets. 

"I like behind the scenes," said Pinckney.

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