The U.S. Army says keep your red lips to yourself when it comes to the soldiers marching in this year's Savannah St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Parade organizers and the military are putting an end to the decades-long 'kissing bandit' tradition in this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade, but only for the Army. They're asking parade-goers not to run out and kiss the 3rd ID soldiers as they walk.
Parade organizers say this move is all about safety and security for the active duty military members walking.
The shenanigan goes back as long as anyone can remember and includes red- and pink-lipped women and girls also covering the cheeks of BC Cadets, other military members, police officers and firefighters with kisses.
This year, the military is asking people not to do it. An army spokesman says they want parade-goers to respect the professionalism of the soldiers as they walk.
While military personnel will keep the kissers away from 3rd ID soldiers, folks will still be able to smooch the cheeks of the BC Cadets, police officers and firefighters.
If you do try kiss a soldier, though, you won't be punished - just stopped.
For safety reasons, we ask that paradegoers refrain from kissing the 3rd ID soldiers marching in the parade. We do, however, encourage you to continue cheering for them!#savstpats #savannah #stpatricksday pic.twitter.com/hNczzn0BZz— SAV St. Pat's Parade (@savstpatrick) March 8, 2018