Changes for St. Patrick's Day Festival proposed

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The St. Patrick's Day committee submitted changes for this years festival in downtown Savannah.

Among the biggest proposals is eliminating wristband sales. In the past, anyone who wanted to drink alcohol on River Street during the festival had to buy a five dollar wristband, even if they were dining at a restaurant.

Now, the committee is proposing eliminating the wristbands altogether, as well as expanding the festival area to include, not only River Street, but City Market and Ellis Square.

The festival area will be bigger than ever. The Savannah Riverfront Association thinks the change is a good one and the elimination of wristbands will help draw people to River Street rather than drive them away.

"We saw a lot of folks not come to River Street because of thewristbands and it was gated," said Kenny Hill with the Savannah Riverfront Association. "It was all those things. Now it is a free area. If you are 21 or over you have a free walk to wherever you want to go as long as you are responsible and police will make sure you are responsible."

With the changes, city council is asking the committee to look into increased police presence.

The city will vote on the changes in two weeks, but have already give their approval so contracts and performers can be finalized.

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