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Getting around town on St. Patrick's Day

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Of course, transportation and parking downtown only becomes more of a challenge the closer we get to St. Patrick’s Day.

And if you haven't started planning how to get around town come Thursday, we've got you covered.

One of the popular spots to park is at the International Trade and Convention Center on Hutchinson Island.

"That will fill up pretty quickly. That will catch people coming from South Carolina that don't want to go over the bridge. They hit that spot right there, they hop on the ferry, the come back and forth,” said Chris Foran, City of Savannah Leisure Services Bureau.

If you plan on parking at the convention center, Foran recommends getting there early because of how quickly it fills up. Parking will be from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The cost is $20.

Some city parking, including garages, will be open. So parking downtown is possible, but there are ways to save yourself time.

If you park downtown and plan on watching the parade from the Abercorn corridor, you should park on the east side of town. If you'll be watching from the Bull Street corridor, it'll be easier if you park on the west side of town.

"And the reason being is the police are going to push traffic to the south...from Abercorn they're going to push it to the east and from Bull Street they're going to push everything to the west. They're not going to let a lot of cross traffic,” said Foran.

Of course, it's a big weekend for taxi companies, too. But this is also the first St. Patrick's Day since Uber came to town, and drivers from South Carolina and Florida are expected to be in-town to capitalize on the demand.

"We're just hoping that they're not in the way. They're going to be lost, they're going to probably be going up one-way streets,” said Astashiia Mungroo, president of the Savannah Taxi Owners Association.

Of course, cab companies aren't too thrilled about the new competition, but holiday weekends like this one also invite illegitimate cab drivers that aren't permitted with the city.

How do you tell an outsider from a city cab?

"Our taxis will have the lettering and the right charts on the outside. But we are doing flat rates - the top light, the meter, it will have a taxi number,” said Mungroo.

If you plan on riding the ferry, keep in mind they'll be making trips from 7 a.m. to midnight this weekend from the convention center to the Waving Lady.

Of course, if you want to avoid parking altogether, there are several shuttles services running on Thursday, click here for more information. 

Click here for information on "no parking" zones in Downtown Savannah. 

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