Big St. Patrick's Day festival weekend wraps up in Savannah - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Big St. Patrick's Day festival weekend wraps up in Savannah

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Photo circulating on social media of the trash on River Street after one of the festival days. (Source: Facebook) Photo circulating on social media of the trash on River Street after one of the festival days. (Source: Facebook)
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The city of Savannah is winding down after a huge Saint Patrick's Day weekend.

Savannah-Chatham Metro Police say they saw large crowds like always and everything was under control as they coordinated with multiple agencies around the clock to keep everyone safe.

SCMPD says they arrested at least 43 people in the festival area on Friday and Saturday, and more than half of the arrests were alcohol-related. They say 23 post parade arrests were made on Friday and 20 arrests were made on Saturday, all in the festival area. They said the crowds were large but overall it was a good festival as far as safety was concerned.

Police also reported that two people were arrested for attempting to swim in the Savannah River, which is a misdemeanor. There were other arrests having to do with drugs, and there was one person who resisted arrest after smashing a hole in the window at Wet Willies.

The misdemeanor arrests included carrying a concealed weapon, criminal trespass, four were charged with disorderly conduct, fleeing to elude, two were arrested for possession of marijuana, reckless conduct, simple battery, and urinating in public. Of the felony arrests, three were for selling a controlled substance, one was for possession of a controlled substance and one was for giving false statements. 

Also, numerous DUI's have been reported outside of the festival area. We are hoping to get a complete festival wrap-up from SCMPD and surrounding law enforcement agencies early-week.

And when it comes to the trash from the festival, a certain photo has been circulating on social media showing a huge mess on River Street. It was taken late at night after one of the festival days. City workers made non-stop efforts to clean the streets, making most of their clean-up efforts overnight.

As of early Monday morning, River Street was clean, quiet and back to normal.

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