Vice President Mike Pence will be visiting the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, Ga. this weekend, on Saturday, March 17. If you thought he would bring the noise, you’re sorely mistaken.
Instead, Pence is putting heavy restrictions on the Savannah parade, the city announced at a press conference on Wednesday, including a 12-block “enhanced security zone,” where several items will be banned.
Among the festive items that will be banned are:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Folding chairs
- And did we mention alcoholic beverages?
This puts a huge damper on the St. Patrick’s Day parade, which is known for its merriment, and has previously allowed the basic freedoms of spectatorship, family campouts, and, well, drinking.
The saving grace, if there is any, is that the sale and consumption of alcohol is permitted in the security zone in to-go cups provided by the establishments within the zone. It’s better than nothing, but still, kind of a let down.
Pence has a long history of buzz killing: In college, he ratted out his Phi Gamma Delta fraternity brothers for sneaking a keg of beer onto campus. Now, he’s ruining St. Patty’s for Savannah, which has a history of Irish descent, as well as one of the highest percentages of Irish ancestry for a medium-sized city in the country. And, by the way, Pence is Irish-descended.