Armstrong Goes Green at 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade



On March 17, Pirate pride took center stage at the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as Armstrong students, faculty and staff donned a bit o’ green aboard a brand new pirate ship float.

Captain George led the way as students rode through the crowded streets on the new Armstrong pirate ship. Parade-goers cheered on the sidelines as the ship officially set sail.

Armstrong made waves with the new float. Measuring nine feet tall and 13 feet long, the float was engineered by Rosser International and constructed by Delta Metals and LineX. Armstrong art professor John Jensen and a group of his ceramics students also contributed to the float, creating a bas relief and a Captain George sculpture that will be unveiled at the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Nearly 50 faculty, staff and students came out to represent Armstrong this year in the parade. Wearing green T-shirts and shamrocks, Armstrong students danced down the streets with Left Shark as Captain George blasted tunes from the deck. People in the crowd joined in, waving and singing along as the ship sailed by. It was a great opportunity to go out into the community and show Savannah what Armstrong is all about: family, fun and community.

Savannah native Eric Wooten enjoyed celebrating with Armstrong at the 2015 parade. An undecided first-year student, Eric considered the celebration to be a great opportunity to meet with friends from school. However, family was also a big part of the celebration.

“My brother’s in the parade, representing the Windsor Forest High School Marching Band,” Eric explained. “And this’ll be the first time that we’ll both be in the parade at the same time.”

He enjoyed celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Pirates and with people from all over the country.

“My favorite thing is just seeing all of the happy faces of the people,” he beamed.

Takia Black, a senior majoring in English/Professional Communications was excited to experience Savannah’s famous St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

“This is actually my first time in Savannah at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” she said. “It’s like New Orleans at Mardi Gras.”

Takia was especially impressed by the new pirate ship design.

“I love the whole theme, with the Pirate and the shamrocks,” she raved.

For this enthusiastic Armstrong student, the best part of the celebration was the sense of community.

“It’s just about coming together and being out here to celebrate,” she said. “What a great day!”