Vice President Pence to visit Savannah on St. Patrick’s Day
On Saturday, March 17, 2018, Vice President Mike Pence will visit Savannah, Ga., for the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Michelle Gavin, city spokeswoman, announced the news on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at a press conference, multiple sources reported. Along with Pence, members of his family will also come to Savannah.
“Gavin said it will be an honor to have Pence ‘shine a national spotlight’ on Savannah's parade,” the Associated Press reported.
Pence and the members of his family will join Mayor Eddie DeLoach for the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
People who organize the event expect 500,000 or more people to be in attendance on Saturday. Every March 17, also known as St. Patrick’s Day, since 1824, Irish immigrants and their descendants have been visiting Savannah for the celebrations that take place, according to WCTV News. The parade has grown to be Savannah’s largest tourist attraction; the event is the second biggest street parties after New Orleans’s Mardi Gras.
WTOC news reports that U.S. Secret Service representatives are in Savannah meeting with the local law enforcement to work out security details before the Vice President arrives.
Sydney White, an assistant manager at the local shop Savannah Clothing Company, was asked about if she thinks the visit will bring in more customers: "I would be worried that, if he's going to come in that would be cool, but he's going to be out there, then more people would probably be geared toward that direction. Want to be around him rather than be in the shops, and participate in the event," White replied, according to WTOC news.