City asks for respect during St. Patrick's Day Festival

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police say they have arrested nine people so far at the St. Patrick's Day Festival for a number of different charges, public urination being one of the main reasons. City officials want to remind folks negligence and disrespect is not acceptable while celebrating in Savannah.

"We all need to do our part to keep Savannah looking beautiful and encourage our visitors to not trash Savannah," said Bret Bell, Spokesperson for City of Savannah.

It's a yearlong effort to plan St. Patrick's Day, getting the city prepared to accommodate thousands of folks flooding into the city. It's the 190th celebration and the one rule that hasn't changed over the years, respect.

"Come down and enjoy yourself but respect the community," said Bell.

City officials ask folks to be courteous and utilize these cardinal rules:

1. Don't litter: Use the trash and recycle bins that have been placed throughout the city.

"I've already seen all of the bins out and so far the city still looks great," said SCAD student Hannah Cleveland.

2. Dress Appropriately. Novelty items are not allowed, similar to what might be found at a bachelor or bachelorette party. This also includes items with offensive language.

"[There are] different types of things that in a family friendly atmosphere we feel are unacceptable," said Assistant City Manager Marty Johnson.  "Those folks who are trying to sell those lewd novelty items or if they are wearing them, they will be confiscated."

The city is asking folks to not trash the city with their wardrobe or their litter.

"I think it has been pretty tame so far," said Cleveland.

The biggest issue on Saturday were folks complaining about the amount of people downtown.

If you plan on going inside the control zone, you cannot not bring coolers, non-service animals, fireworks or firecrackers.

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