Hundreds Gather for the Greening of the Fountains

St. Patrick's Day is just eight days away and today the grand marshal and hundreds of others gathered at Forsyth Park of the traditional Greening of the Fountain.

Marian Stables came decked out in a green shamrock sweater and earrings to match. "It's just so much fun and all the activity going on, it's just a nice way to celebrate Savannah," Stables said.

This year's St. Patrick's Day Parade grand marshal, John Burke, had the honor of pouring the first bit of green dye into the fountain. Other members of the parade committee followed and soon it was spouting emerald green water.

Burke said, "It's almost a blessing to me, an honor I never in my wildest dreams ever expected to have."

Students from a few Savannah schools were there. The weather was picture perfect and there were smiles all around.

Jackie Jackson was there with her daughter, Madison. "Actually this is my first time seeing the Greening of the Fountain, sadly enough I've lived here all my life."

Five-year-old Madison said it was pretty amazing, and her mother agreed. "It is pretty amazing and this is, from what I've heard, the most folks that have been out here in a number of years. A great turnout," Jackie said.

Many children who came out were maybe too young to know what was going on, but they had a great time nonetheless.

Mary Lou McComas is visiting Savannah this weekend from Boston. She and some friends are celebrating their 45th nursing school class reunion and just stumbled upon the event. "It's wonderful, so thank you Savannah, what a wonderful treat this is," she said.

A flawless day for Grand Marshal Burke. "A lot of smiling faces and I hope we see a lot more before it's over," he said.

Parade organizers are anticipating more than 700,000 people to visit Savannah next weekend for the parade and all the festivities.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter,