Some of you may know me, but if you don’t, let me introduce myself. I’m Lauren Wolverton. I moved here from Starkville, Mississippi, in May 2019 for a job at a local television station. Since then, I’ve moved over here to Connect Savannah, where I’ve been working for about three-and- a-half months.
Moving to Savannah from Mississippi, I’ve learned a lot of new things. I’ve learned to parallel park, I’ve learned to - kind of - enjoy eating oysters, and I’ve learned what 100% humidity feels like. One thing I haven’t yet learned, despite being here for nearly two years, is how to properly do St. Patrick’s Day.
I grew up going to Mardi Gras down in New Orleans, so I had high hopes for my first ever Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2020. I bought a green shirt, a set of beads with flashing beers hanging from them, and even got a fresh neon green manicure.
Instead of yelling for beads and gold coins, I spent St. Patrick’s Day 2020 writing breaking news updates as COVID-19 worries started spreading through the city. So, I then spent the rest of the year dreaming about what the St. Patrick’s Day Parade of 2021 might be like.
Flash forward and that day is finally here, and there’s still no parade. But I’m not even the slightest bit bummed out.
I’m in good spirits because Savannah is in good spirits. Ever since March 1, this city has felt alive and full of excitement. Every day as I work around town, I see another business with a green door hanger. I see another brewery pouring limited run Irish stouts. I see another animal rescue hosting a St. Paddy’s Day-themed adoption event.
I may not have learned how to truly do a Savannah St. Patrick’s Day, yet, but I have learned that this city has spirit that can’t be broken. Though it’ll look a little different this year, Savannah is ready to celebrate.
As for me, I’ve been inspired by Savannah’s unwavering spirit. So, I’ll be wearing a green sequin cowboy hat and bright green go-go boots this year, parade or not. And when the time to really party finally comes, I know Savannah won’t let me down. Cheers, y’all!