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River Street Getting Ready for St. Patrick's Day

The biggest day of the year in Savannah is less than a week away. We are talking about Saint Patrick's Day.

Businesses are already gearing up for what they hope will be a big weekend.  Earlier today delivery trucks were already down town in preparation for the big weekend. Managers like John Lockard of River House is getting everything ready. "It's a wonderful week. Great for us and great for the businesses in Savannah," he said.

It's time to start getting ready for the hundreds of thousands of people who will be packing the streets this weekend. "We are almost ready and just have a few final touches to touch up on and we will be ready to go Thursday evening," said Lockard.

Managers say they start preparing for this weekend months in advance. Last week they made the lists and this week they are already starting to get those deliveries.

In fact it's been non-stop all day with one truck after another lined up and ready to make their first batch of deliveries. Mary Mills of Fiddlers Crab House says she is planning to work long hours all week just to get ready for the weekend. "We are trying to build up our product," she told us.

"We try to get as much as we can before the streets are closed or the gates go up and it makes it easier for delivery men and sales people," said Mills.

Employees are stacking the shelves. "It's always a little hectic. This is the fifth year I have been here for Saint Patty's day and there is a lot of preparations and training that goes into this," said Mills.

But it's not just restaurants and bars getting ready for the big weekend. So is Keith Walker from River Streets Sweets. "We are pretty much making candy 24-7 right now. We are stocking the shelves and taking stuff upstairs to put everything extra we need in terms of ingredients," he said.

Despite having to work 18 hour days, managers say they are ready for the fun and festivities to begin.

"We are ready for them all," said Lockard.

The parade starts at 10am this Saturday. If you can't make it to the parade, you can watch it on WTOC live starting with the mass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist at 8am.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com


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