SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Many people are flooding into the airport between Thursday and Friday to make sure they don’t miss out on Savannah’s Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.
Green is in full effect at the airport, from balloons, to the floors, decked out cab cars, and even volunteers handing out beads as people step off the plane.
Many we spoke to Thursday say this is their first time in Savannah for St. Patrick’s Day.
“I haven’t been here for St. Patrick’s Day before, so this is going to be a lot of fun,” said Jessica Butt. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the second biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the country looks like.”
We spoke with the Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, Lori Lynah, who says many of the flights are full, but this is not uncommon. However, the one thing she did want to stress is that you set aside enough time to get to and from the airport with the amount of people that will be in town. She says while it can be a hectic time, she wants to make sure everyone has a good time safely.
“We enjoy doing this. Everybody that’s coming in is very festive. I can sit up in my office and hear people hollering in and greeting people, and it’s a lot of fun, so we have volunteers handing out beads and we have a little photo spot, so it’s a lot of fun,” Lynah said. “We even have a cab driver who dresses as a leprechaun every year. Everybody is just in a good mood, so we’re excited to have everybody coming to visit Savannah.”
“We’re here for our friend’s bachelorette party. It’s a perfect combo,” said Allison Curry and Julia PorPora. “We know Savannah has a huge St. Paddy’s here. There’s a lot of events outside, it’s warm, open containers, so it’s a combo of all of our favorite things.”
“I decorate my van every year for all the holidays, especially Christmas and St. Pat’s. I’m Irish, so I love St. Pat’s,” said Reginald Rivenbark.
It’s safe to say the Hostess City is ready to host one of the biggest celebrations in the country.
“If you’re going to be picking up people, which we have a lot of people who do that here, we cal them meeters and greeters, they need to make sure to utilize our cell phone lot,” Lynah said. “That’s a really easy way to pick up arriving passengers, so you can wait there for free.”
Some local business managers say they’re more prepared this year than they were last year.
“I think that we’re going to have a bigger increase in our sales and people this year, just because we’re more established as a business," said assistant store manager, Kayla Herren, Georgia Tasting Room. “With it also being a longer weekend, I think we’re going to have more of the same people sticking around all weekend.”