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03/13/06

River Street Merchants Stocking Up for Saint Patrick's Day

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One of the biggest celebrations of the year is quickly approaching. River Street merchants are hoping this Saint Patrick's Day will be one of the best, and every employee of every business is putting in overtime to get ready for the big party. It has been nonstop activity, with one truck after another pulling up unloading beer, food and more beer.

All day long, the trucks have been rolling along River Street. The idea is to get everyone fully stocked by Wednesday. After that, the street will closed to vehicular traffic. There's always some uncertainty about how much of the extra stuff they'll be able to sell, but most are optimistic.

"We've seen some good Saint Patrick's Days, some real busy Saint Patrick's Days," said Mary Mills of Fiddler's Crab House. "Like last year wasn't so busy, but we're expecting a huge turnout this year."

Most business will be open the entire weekend. Some stores will be open as long as the crowds are manageable. Others will remain closed all weekend.

Beside beer and food, sweet snacks are also very popular. "We're getting extra staff," said Martin Georges with River Street Sweets. "Making about twice as much product to keep up with the crowd."

For the River Street merchants, Saint Patrick's Day makes the difference in their bottom line for the rest of the year. The key is to start early.

"This one takes the most time and effort to get ready for," said Mills. "As for like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day is one day, but this is probably going to be the whole week."

Make plans now to be with WTOC for the Saint Patrick's Day parade. It all starts at 8am Friday with the live broadcast of the Saint Patrick's Day Mass and continues throughout the parade.

All the information you need for the festivities can be found in WTOC's Guide to Saint Patrick's Day in Savannah (just click here).

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com

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