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Parade adjutants begin St. Patrick's Day with breakfast

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The people who work hard to put on the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade enjoyed a hearty breakfast early Saturday morning.

The adjutants organize the participants in the parade and make sure the event runs on time. Each year they get together for the Adjutant's Breakfast.

It's a tradition that celebrates the year's worth of work they put in to organizing the parade.

"They take pride in what they do," said Mike Kenny, one of the adjutants. "They're in for a good day's work."

Some military units that traditionally march in the parade will be missing this year because of across-the-board federal budget cuts from Washington, D.C. But Kenny said the adjutants will celebrate those who did make it this year.

"Those that are here are proud and we're proud to have them. And we're going to cheer everybody on as much as we can," Kenny said.

Father Joseph Smith of Richmond Hill spoke some encouraging words to the adjutants as they were preparing to eat.

He said he wants people to remember this is a family holiday.

"I'd like to see a little less alcohol," Father Smith said."It's about celebrating our heritage as well as welcoming others to this country in the same way that our families were welcomed."

That's a far cry from the focus of the celebrations on River Street and in City Market. Father Smith compared it to lent versus Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

"For us, it's family. It's faith. It's tradition. It's heritage," Father Smith said. 

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