MLK Parade and Walking Tour of Savannah

Trip Start Jan 09, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Skidaway Island State Park

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Today was Martin Luther King Day and when we checked in last night it was suggested that we might want to be downtown in time to take in the parade.  It sounded like a neat idea so we made an early start to get into town before the streets were blocked off.  Now this was a parade!  Although we were warned that it was not a 'Macy's' parade but a home town celebration, the floats were still coming for as far as we could see after an hour and a half.  What a wonderful celebration of the heritage and culture of this community - heightened with excitement over Obama's election. 
After the two hundredth float, with no end to the parade in sight, we decided to start out on the walking tour mapped for us at the visitors' centre and headed for the waterfront area.  We were treated to the opportunity to watch another parade - a series of large cargo ships heading into the Savannah harbor which we are told is the third busiest in America.  A excellent lunch at a seafood restaurant prepared us for a lengthy walking tour through the parks, squares and streets of Savannah.  Savannah was not burned during the civil war, so many of the buildings are older than those we saw in Charleston.  We also commented that the heritage district certainly illustrated the immense wealth that this city has enjoyed.  The architecture is distinctive but has a definite European feel to it.  A beautiful city and I'm sure even more delightful with blooms in evidence.
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