Savannah Officials Ban Snakes From St. Patty’s Day Parade

By William McGuinness

SAVANNAH, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — In the spirit of St. Patrick, and to a lesser degree “The Simpson’s Whacking Day,” Savannah’s civic leaders plan to drive the snakes from its festivities come March 17.

In a Thursday meeting, the Savannah City Council said that if it’s cold-blooded and has scales for skin, it’s not allowed at the festivities.

Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been an institution since launching in 1813 and today features over 350 units, including several U.S.military divisions, many award-winning bands and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

On the parade route’s fringes, however, Savannah police annually arrest drunk and disorderly patrons. A spokesman for the Savannah Police Department said officers approach the festival in good spirits, but some celebrants take in too much for their own good.

Considering this, he said the council considered mixing green beer with eight- to 10-foot snakes was pushing the festival’s luck.

CBS Atlanta’s calls to Savannah City Hall were not returned.

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