SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Those planning to attend the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations say their fun won’t stop. Many in Savannah are still planning to make the best of St. Patrick’s Day weekend despite the coronavirus threat.
On River Street, just minutes after city leaders made the announcement to cancel celebrations, visitors were stunned. Many said they traveled as far as Minnesota but are still planning to get their money’s worth this weekend.
“As far as I know St. Paddy’s in New York is nothing compared to St. Paddy’s in Savannah, Georgia,” Anthony Barrucco said.
Barrucco and his friends are visiting from Long Island, New York. They traveled to Savannah for the third year in a row for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
“I was a little shocked but also a little expected to be honest with everything that’s going on right now,” Barrucco said. “But me and my buddies we have a house in downtown Savannah and we’re going to be partying regardless.”
The same thoughts came from several people on the riverfront Wednesday afternoon. Many were upset when the news was made official.
“It’s a little disappointing because I went to school here so I know what it is to really enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and I feel like this whole coronavirus fear — I don’t feel it should really stop people from enjoying themselves,” said Charlie Mule, also visiting from Long Island.
“These people have been planning for it for the entire year,” said Savannah resident Alex Crawford. “They’ve already booked their flights and they’re probably already here; if not they’ll be here tomorrow.”
One of Savannah’s hot spots, Wet Willie’s, said in a statement that they are planning to remain open for the weekend.
Some aren’t phased by the COVID-19 outbreaks at all.
“I’m not really worried about it. I don’t think a lot of people that live here are really worried about it. We’re still going to go out and do our thing,” Crawford said.
But while doing that they say they’re following all guidelines from health officials.
“I had tons of Clorox wipes and just wiped down the seats. I’m being cautious of who I’m around,” Mule said. ” If I see coughing or someone that may be sick I try to stay away.”
Businesses News 3 spoke to Wednesday said although celebrations have been postponed they still expect to see large crowds. They’ll be taking all precautions to ensure their team members and guests are safe.