Parade attendees won’t be allowed to kiss soldiers marching in the 2018 Savannah St. Patrick’s Day parade, breaking with a long-standing tradition of bright lipstick marks.
“For safety reasons, we ask that paradegoers refrain from kissing the 3rd ID soldiers marching in the parade,” the parade’s Twitter account posted on Thursday. “We do, however, encourage you to continue cheering for them!”
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“It's primarily about professionalism,” the Army account posted in reply. “Soldiers are in uniform and on duty when marching, and must look professional and conduct themselves with decorum. We enjoy being in the parade, and appreciate the community's ongoing support of our uniformed men and women.”
"Really the worldwide situation, terrorism, you just don't want people running out to active military,” Parade Committee Grand Chairman, Brian Counihan Sr. told WTOC. “It's a fun thing, but it puts them on edge and it could be a danger.”
For more information on St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities, visit savannahsaintpatricksday.com.