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River Street Gets Ready for Saint Patrick's Day

Today, lots of trucks were making deliveries all day long. Today, lots of trucks were making deliveries all day long.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah's biggest celebration of the year is only days away and River Street businesses are hoping for another big year.

Today, lots of trucks were making deliveries all day long and will continue to throughout the week. Employees are spending lots of time downtown to make sure they are ready to handle the big crowds.

All's quiet on River Street now, but come Thursday it will be mayhem. That's why businesses and the city workers are spending the next couple of days getting ready.

Assistant manager of Huey's on The River, Craig Spoto says this week it's all hands on deck. "We go through inventory to make sure we are fully stocked beer orders and have other things we need it's a long three days," said Spoto. "It should be busy."

Huey's isn't the only place getting ready. City ground and maintenance crews are working around the clock. "They are out there planting the annuals and trimming back branches along the parade routes," said city spokesperson Bret Bell.

Louise Spencer manages the Cinnamon Bear Country Store and she is already starting to see people stocking up for Saint Patrick's Day. "We've already sold out a couple styles of hats, it's going to be a fun time," said Spencer.

Fun time yes, but also a safe one. For the first time, city workers are installing security cameras on River Street and other areas around town. "It's going to be the most documented and monitored Saint Patrick's Day," said Bell. "The goal is for police to be able to monitor the grounds and react to it and also for documentation purposes."

From shops and restaurants to police, everyone is doing their part to make sure this Saint Patrick's Day goes off without a hitch and without any problems.

There is some construction going on throughout the city and Bret Bell says they will have several officers in those areas as well.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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