SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Officials with the City of Savannah hosted a media conference Tuesday morning to discuss plans and procedures for the upcoming Festival of St. Patrick and St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Officials spoke about dates, partnership preparations, presale parking and more.
The parade is set for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 and the festival will fall on the weekend prior.
The festival is scheduled to fall on the weekend prior to St. Patrick’s Day
on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 16.
The parade will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17 from 10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Festival of St. Patrick
According to the Savannah Waterfront Association, the festival will include a total of five entertainment stages this year. The festival zone is from River Street to Broughton Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to East Broad Street.
Dates and times are as follows:
- Friday, March 13, 2020: 6 p.m. to midnight
- Saturday, March 14, 2020: 10 a.m. to midnight
- Sunday, March 15, 2020: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Officials say the festival zone will be cash only. Extra ATM machines will be made available in the area.
Festival-goers must be over 21 years old and will need to purchase a $10 wristband. Wristbands are required for those drinking alcoholic beverages outside on public streets in the festival zone.
Wristband presales are now available online at SavannahwaterFront.com. The website will be the only way event-goers can purchase tickets and wristbands using credit or debit cards.
Festival-goers must be present — with a valid ID — to pick up reserved wristbands. For example, if four wristbands were bought at once, four people need to be present to get them.
In addition, wristbands must be picked up on the day you are attending the festival.
The wristband booth will be located in front of the Hyatt Regency Savannah at 2 W. Bay Street.
Items such as weapons, beverage coolers, beverages in bottles or cans, bicycles, fireworks and any other dangerous, disruptive or inconvenient items are prohibited.
Pets are not allowed in the festival zone unless it is a pet of a resident who lives within the festival zone.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
As is tradition, the parade begins at 10:15 a.m. after Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. The parade is expected to wrap up at 2:30 p.m.
The parade will travel north on Abercorn Street to Broughton Street, east on Broughton Street to East Broad Street; Bay Street from Broad to Bull Street; and Bull from Bay until it disbands at Madison Square at Bull and Harris streets.
Traffic along most of the parade route will be closed at 8 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. on Bay Street.
The city asked that attendees do not bring Styrofoam coolers at all this year. Organizers say they are trying to move to a zero-waste program for the festivities.
Parking enforcement will be strict, especially in bike lanes and walk areas.
Savannah Police suggest parents attending with children to take pictures of their kids and what they are wearing before the event in case they become separated.
Police say there with be multiple areas downtown for parents and children to be reunited.
Watch the complete media conference in the video above.