Final preparations under way for St. Patrick's Day

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The crowds have already started to build for  St. Patrick's Day. The city of Savannah is looking at a record number of people.

The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police will be all over as they continue to map out their stragedy for the next five days. On Wednesday morning, the Savannah Riverfront held its annual kick off press conference with Budweiser's Green Team and AAA. Once again for the 12th year, AAA is offering tow-to-go, a free lift and free help. SCMPD Police Chief Willie Lovett says law enforcement will be seen everywhere in downtown Savannah. He is warning partiers to be responsible as they prepare for massive crowds.

"There will be a lot of extra people downtown and a lot of extra vehicles out and we have to ensure first of all, everything is out of the way for tomorrow," said Chief Lovett.

"Tow-to-Go is an option, but you should not leave your house and say, 'I am going to get wasted so that Tow-to-Go takes me home.' No, make responsible choices, have a great time, especially this weekend. Look at this weather, God is looking over Savannah," said Mandy Lanes Budweiser Green Team.

Chief Willie Lovett, along with the Budweiser Clydesdales, were presented an award Thursday morning for his service and dedication to public safety.

The festival starts at 10 a.m. River Street is now closed to traffic until 7 a.m. when more deliveries are expected.

Last-minute preparation are under way and there is no denying that St. Patrick's Day sales will be mostly acohol related. Businesses like Bayou Cafe and Spanky's are putting finishing touches on their vender tents. Police have their public safety corridor along the river up and running.

The street vendors and rose makers are out in full force, but they say, you may be surprised about their St. Patrick's Day sales.

"We'll get money today and Friday, but on St. Patrick's Day they want a cup in one hand, a cup on the other and take their shirt off," laughed rose maker Ugie "Red" Graham.

The festival on River Street officially begins at 8 a.m. and runs through Saturday; however, businesses expect to still be packed on Sunday.

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