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SCMPD holds final meeting before St. Patrick's Day

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah-Chatham Police Dept. held their final planning meeting before St. Patrick's Day.

Police are warning people that they will begin towing cars at 6 a.m. on Monday, March 17, to make way for the parade and the staging area. The staging area begins near Forsyth Park at Gaston and Habersham streets.

The parade begins on Abercorn and Gwinnett streets, goes all the way to Broughton Street, to East Broad, to Bay Street ending at Bull and Harris streets.

Police are distributing flyers and will be posting signs to warn people not to be parked in these areas on Monday. If your car is towed, you can go the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Annex center on Chatham Parkway to recover your vehicle.

"Towing starts at 6 a.m. on Monday, the parade route is going to be closed at 8 a.m. If you are on that route, you want to make sure you have your car removed by 6 a.m." Said Lt. Greg Mitchell, SCMPD Traffic Enforcement. "Bay Street will be shut down to vehicular traffic at 9:30 a.m."

They are also reminding people that pets are not allowed, but this year they are adding a check-in service for people who have service animals.

If you have a service animal, you can go the City Market Command Post to check-in your animal. You will receive a green tag to place on your animal. This lets police know the animal is allowed.

Police are working with officials from Americans with Disabilities Act to finalize all the details.

"The way the ordinance is written, within that control zone pets are not allowed, so a police officer sees the tag, they will know that you have been checked and will know that you have a legitimate service animal,"said Lt. David Gay, SCMPD Special Events.

Metro Police are waiting for Gov. Nathan Deal to sign off on the Sunday liquor sales bill that passed on Monday. Police said the bars are required to close at midnight on Sunday. They are working with the city's revenue office to make sure all the bars are aware of this rule.  

"[Hopefully] it's going to spread the crowd around, we probably won't be dealing with capacity issues and long lines but we really won't know until Sunday gets here," said Lt. Gay.

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