SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The weekend is off to a good start for downtown businesses as people begin to celebrate St. Patrick's Day early.
Business owners said today they were worried, but after the crowd arrived they hoped people would start spending money.
"We're hoping it will be good, but I own several stores and it's really been kinda tough," said Young.
Young said he's been waiting eight months for this weekend and he wasn't the only one. Business owners and managers felt the same way, and were hoping there was a big crowd to draw in some big numbers.
"It's gonna be busy of course and we're hoping for good," said Dibendria Khahki.
And in City Market there was a big crowd too. People were listening to live music, dancing, and having a good time.
"We are local people, but we like to come down and enjoy the crowd, and we are having a really good time enjoying the festivities," said Marty Jones.
So, no matter where you were downtown, there was a good crowd and people said they were not letting the economy stop them from having some fun and spending their St. Patrick's Day weekend in Savannah.
Marietta Taylor traveled from Indiana and said she wouldn't miss it for the world.
"I've been saving for a few months for it and the economy is what it is and it shouldn't keep me from having fun and you know you gotta live life," said Taylor.