Spring forward: St. Patrick's Day comes early on Tybee

TYBEE ISLAND, GA (WTOC) - It may be the only day Tybee time runs a little early. It's Saturday March 9, and it's St. Patrick's Day on Tybee Island.

A drum band – in full Carnival attire – gave a little taste of the Caribbean in South Georgia. It wasn't exactly your typical St. Patrick's Day. But then again, what on Tybee is Typical?

"It's a small community, a close knit community," said Tybee resident Bobby Dean (one vowel off from that famous Savannah family). "And the people on Tybee absolutely embrace one another and they have their own way of having a good time."

Folks who march in Tybee's parade say they enjoy the experience because they really get a chance to interact with the crowd – and aren't separated from them by metal barricades and rules.

"They're so friendly, and you don't have the police out chasing you down," Alee Clown Warner Houston said. "And you don't have these ropes and things that keep people away from you. We just have a good time."

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