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Wristbands ring in $396,000 plus for Savannah St. Patrick's Day Festival

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St. Patrick's Day 2013 is in the books, and now we know how much money the return of wristband sales for alcohol in the festival brought in.

A lot of people predicted as much as half a million dollars, maybe even more.

The final number, according to Savannah Riverfront officials, not quite that much after the two day festival and 10 days of counting up all the numbers.

The final tally: 79,238 wristbands sold, totaling $396,640 in sales.

The $5 wristbands were sold all inside the expanded entertainment zone 8 a.m. March 15 to 3 a.m. March 16 and again starting 5 p.m. March 16 after the parade until 3 a.m. March 17.

The breakdown on where the money for the wristbands would go was set as follows: $1 per wristband would go to the City of Savannah, and the other $4 per wristband would be shared by the Waterfront Association, City Market and the Downtown Business Association.

With the numbers, the City of Savannah gets $79,238 from the wristband sales, and the three other agencies, if they split the rest, would each get $105,650 to use for events and pay for costs involved with this year's festival.

Riverfront Savannah's Jim Downs says, as for changes for next year, it's too early to tell.

"We're always looking to improve. We will look at what we did and how we made things work and ways to be more efficient. Look at what booths sold well, what booths didn't and improvement of the process," Downs told WTOC.

Next year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday, with the potential for a three day festival.

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