Saint Patrick's Day Visitors Begin Arriving

More than 700,00 people are expected in Savannah this weekend for St. Patrick's Day. Many are already in town getting an early start on the celebration.

From green beads to balloons--and even green hair--River Street is transforming into a St. Patrick's Day paradise.

While many of the stores are rushing to stock up on all the food and drinks they'll need to keep three quarters of a million people happy, tourists are taking it easy, saving their energy for Saturday's big parade and River Street celebration.

Hoyt and Cindy Fallin are in town visiting family. This will be their first St. Patrick's Day in Savannah. "We may come down tomorrow," Hoyt told us. "We will be watching the parade on Saturday in Calhoun Square."

You can feel the St. Patrick's Day excitement in the air at City Market, too. Paul and Rita Merz try to come there every year.

"We are enjoying the weather and hospitality," said Paul. He and Rita are from Northeast Ohio, where they told us, "they have snow and ice as we speak."

Larry and Winona Guinn didn't know what they were getting into when they booked their trip. "We are from Bixby, Oklahoma, and we are just kind of traveling through," said Larry. "Watching of course like everybody Paula Dean on TV and had to come see that, we just didn't realize it was the weekend we were here was the biggest weekend in Savannah."

They found out that almost a million people are joining them in the Hostess City this weekend. "But we are going to join the festivities and have fun," said Larry.

Have fun, and wear lots of green. This St. Patrick's Day is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best celebrations ever.

Reported by: Michelle Paynter,