Vice President Mike Pence joining 2018 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade

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    The City of Savannah will be hosting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during the 2018 Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade.

    Pence will join Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach in welcoming the parade participants and parade goers, according to a news release.

    "The Mayor is honored to welcome Vice President Pence and members of the Pence family to our city and to what we believe is the world's greatest St. Patrick's Day parade and celebration," said Michelle Gavin, Savannah City spokeswoman, during a news conference Tuesday morning.

    The city did not offer any details about security, the cost for the city to accommodate Pence, or who initiated the plans for his visit to the area.

    "For national security reasons I am not able to release any additional information at this time or any particulars regarding the Vice President's visit to Savannah," Gavin said after noting that national and local law enforcement agencies are involved in planning for Pence's visit.

    Gavin said there will be additional news conferences later about security, traffic flow and other information.

    "We're very excited to have this national attention on what we already know to be this wonderful St. Patrick's Day celebration," Gavin said. "What a great honor."

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Chairman Brian Counihan said, as far as he knows, this is the first time someone of Pence's political standing is taking part in the parade.

    He said he's not concerned about Pence's visit politicizing the event.

    "I think it's a great thing to see our, coming on a day that we celebrate our patron Saint Patrick and our Catholic and christian faith and we're really looking forward to having him and showing them a good time," said Counihan.

    "It’s a true honor to welcome Vice President Pence to our beautiful city,” said Mayor DeLoach in the news release. “We are excited to showcase our City and this parade to the Vice President and our nation. They will see what we have enjoyed for the past 194 years, the greatest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world.”

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