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City adjusts plan for smaller crowds

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The rain resulted in a smaller crowd at this year's St. Patrick's Day festivities, but did it make the parade safer in the city's eyes?

They didn't need as many police officers and adapted to the smaller crowds. The fact St. Patrick's Day and the parade fell on a Monday may have also kept a lot of people from attending.

City of Savannah events coordinator Marty Johnston said there were no incidents reported yet and no major issues, which led to a safe parade for everyone.

Johnston said the die-hards and visitors braved the weather. From the staging area - to the end of the parade - local law enforcement and state troopers from Savannah and surrounding cities made their presence felt.

Crowd control is always a top priority. But this year, the city had to adjust and downsize a little bit.

"I think it went really well considering we were looking at rain and possibly tornadoes yesterday and lightning and thunder today, but the luck of the Irish prevailed," Johnston said.

The city is also using social media to help get out any important messages such as road closures and parking information.  

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