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River St. businesses gearing up for St. Patrick's Day

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Businesses are busy gearing up for the St. Patrick's Day festival and parade in Savannah, and many are making sure they have all they need before the kickoff on Thursday.

There is a fleet of vendor trucks supplying bars, restaurants and other store fronts along River Street. Despite there being limited space to work with at times, I've seen dozens of trucks supplying food and drink to the river front businesses, and they have it down to a science it seems.

It seems most of the vendors wanted to get in early Tuesday to unload their supplies as the businesses along River Street get fully stocked in preparation for the St. Patrick's Day festival and parade.

"I was just down there earlier, and it's probably twice as much as what I normally see. And it seems like it's just a parade of trucks going down River Street,” said Savannah Waterfront Association Executive Director Carrie Bligh. 

Starting Wednesday, the ramps will be closed to get onto River Street. So the only way you'll be able to drive down there will be to enter from Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Once that happens, all traffic, which will mostly be deliveries at that point for the restaurants and bars along River Street, will need to be off River Street by 8 a.m. on Thursday, and by 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

There are two lots west of Savannah City Hall and one to the east that are normally a hot commodity, especially on the weekend. And as the signs say, if you don't have a vendor pass, you'll be towed. 

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