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Wristbands Are Back For The St. Patrick's Day Festival

City of Savannah Council members brought up Saint Patrick's Day wristbands at Thursday's council meeting.

  In past years, wristbands have been required to drink on River Street during Savannah's biggest celebration.  Now you will need a wristband to drink outside in other areas of Downtown Savannah.

  Council approved to expand the entertainment zone which will include City Market.  The area also covers River Street and a few blocks south of River Street to Broughton Lane and over to Drayton Street.

The wristbands cost $5 dollars. If you want to drink inside a business you don't have to purchase a wristband.

The city's Director of Special Projects, Marty Johnston, said there will be more than 20 stations to purchase a wristband. There will also be roving wristband sellers. All of the sellers are bar card certified meaning they are trained to look for fake ID's.

Johnston said once the wristband is purchased it will be put on the buyer to prevent someone giving it to someone else.

Johnston said for every wristband that's sold the city will get a dollar which will go back to helping crowd management.

The rest of the money will go to non profit organizations such as the Waterfront Association for entertainment expenses at the festival. The money will help pay for 40 musical acts that play on St Patrick's Day and various other events throughout the year.   Some of the concerts were canceled last year because of lack of funds.

You will need to have the wristbands to drink outside in the festival entertainment zone during March 15th 8 a.m.- 3 a.m. and March 16th from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

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