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Alcohol sales bill passes GA House

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

All bars in Savannah can open Sunday for the St. Patrick's Day festival.

All they need now is a signature from the governor after the state general assembly overwhelming approved the festival stipulation.

The governor will get the bill by Wednesday. Some bars in Savannah stocked up before the law even passed. Now any bar in Savannah who isn't usually open on a Sunday will be able to open next Sunday.

"I am just so excited. I think it will be awesome for the businesses - awesome for the city and for the tourists. I think it will be great," said Bonnie and Jessica Walden.

The Waldens are the mother-daughter team behind Bay Street Blues. They were the ones who contacted WTOC in December about not being able to be open on the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day this year.

"It's been a long, long wait, but it's certainly worth it," they said.

Now they'll be open the decorations are up and as long as Sunday is part of the St. Patrick's Day festival in the future between March 16 and 18, they plan on having their doors open.

"Every St. Patrick's Day if there is a Sunday involved - we'll be open," they said.

They've already ordered all their alcohol, in anticipation for Sunday being a go. They said it's not just them and a few select bars. They call it a city victory.

"From downtown Savannah alone, there were 22 from Liberty to River street. But this will Affect the whole city, so south side, everybody will benefit from this," the Waldens said.

The waldens said they got Alderman Tony Thomas involved. Sen. Lester Jackson was on board. The rest is now history, pending the governor's final OK come Wednesday. Then it will be law.

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