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Police prepare to clear streets for St. Patrick's Day Parade

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For the City of Savannah and for Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, the focus now is on your safety and the security of every visitor coming to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. 

In fact, police are getting ready to start clearing the streets for the parade.

Anyone living in the affected areas downtown has until 6 a.m. to move their cars off the street before the tow-trucks come through.

"It's always packed, so you just park far away...park in a parking lot, you know,” said Clay Driggers, downtown resident.

All the streets within the parade staging area have to be cleared by the morning, which means many downtown residents start moving their cars Wednesday night. The staging area covers Henry Street to Gaston Street between Whitaker and Habersham.

But the residents WTOC spoke with in that neighborhood say the inconvenience is worth it.

"No, it's not annoying at all. It's just a simple task,” said Driggers.

All vehicles have to be removed from the parade route as well, which spans from Abercorn to Broughton then over to East Broad. The route continues down Bay Street and rounds the corner at Bull Street in front of City Hall before ending at Madison Square.

"The parade begins at 10 a.m., so there's a four hour window. So obviously, the earlier you are in the parade route, the sooner you need to have your car removed,” said Lt. Gregory Mitchell, SCMPD.

Another tip: If you're headed to the parade with the kids, snap a photo of them in their outfit before leaving the house, just in case they get lost.

"The clothing description always helps, because what happens if we get a notification that a child has been lost or separated from a parent, we can broadcast a description of the child through our radio frequencies,” said Lt. Mitchell.

Murray and Sharon Galin have lived along the parade route for almost 30 years. They say the crowds and the parking can be challenging, especially if they have company for the holiday, but they said they wouldn't change a thing.

"It's not as comfortable as it would be without it, but it's just so great for the city and everybody has such a wonderful time. We don't object to it,” said Murray Galin, downtown resident.

The parade is expected to last until about 2 p.m.

Once it wraps up, you're free to park in those areas again.

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