St. Patrick's Day FAQs 

Frequently Asked Questions about Savannah's favorite day, updated for 2016

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YEAH, LOVE ME some St. Patty’s Day in Savannah, don’t you? Woo-hoo.

SURE, but Patty is a girl's name. If you insist on abbreviating it, at least go with "St. Paddy's Day." Though "Paddy" is often a derogatory term for the Irish, not to mention pretty disrespectful to a saint.

Cool story, bro. So you can just walk around and drink in Savannah? You Southerners are crazy.

MAYBE, but we don't consider to-go cups crazy. They are one of the most enlightened things about our fair city, an admirable legacy of the days when Americans were trusted to be capable, competent citizens responsible for their own decisions.

Anyone over 21 can enjoy an alcoholic drink in public areas throughout most of downtown north of Jones Street. To-go cups must be paper, plastic or styrofoam, and 16 ounces or less. No other alcoholic containers are allowed, cans or bottles.

What’s up with this "Festival Area" thing?

HERE’S the deal: For this three-day "Festival Period" from Thursday-Saturday, the rules change in the "Festival Area," aka "The Control Zone."

To use to-go cups between East Broad on the east, the Savannah River on the north, MLK Jr. Boulevard on the west, and Broughton Lane to the south (from MLK to Drayton, where it moves north to Bay Lane), you must buy a wristband at $5 a day.

Wristbands are needed from: Thursday, March 17, post-parade until midnight; Friday, March 18 , 10 a.m.-midnight; Saturday March 19, 10 a.m.-midnight. See map this issue for purchase locations.

How 'bout if I just get lit inside my car? Is that part of the "Festival Area?"

NO. That's called the "DUI Area."

Who should I follow on Twitter?

OUR handle is @connectsavannah, and the City of Savannah tweets breaking news and updates from @savstpat

YES! Scored a parking spot right on the parade route, bro. I’ll just take this yellow bag thingie off the parking meter. No one will know, right?

NO one except the police and the tow truck driver. Owners of towed cars must get a release form from police HQ at Habersham and Oglethorpe. Good luck!

Only on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday March 17, is parking meter/time zone enforcement waived. However, all safety and obstruction violations will be ticketed and/or towed as usual, beginning 6 a.m. Thursday.

Regular enforcement happens Friday, March 18, 8am – 5pm. After 5pm, other illegal parking violations will be cited. Meters & Times Zones are not enforced Saturday or Sunday.

What about parking garages?

BRYAN Street Garage, Liberty Street Garage, the Robbie Robinson Garage, State Street Garage, and the Whitaker Street Garage underneath Ellis Square will be open 24 hours a day for $20 a day, first come first serve.

Visitor passes and residential decals are NOT valid during the festival. Vehicles can NOT exit garages until after the parade. 

The Civic Center Parking Lot will be closed to the public Thursday, March 17. 

My rescue pit bull with the green bandana is gonna love the parade. Don’t worry, pit bulls are totally safe. Especially around very small children.

NOT actually a question. But no, dogs aren't allowed in the Festival Area. The only exceptions are service dogs and residents walking their own dogs.

How ’bout the six-foot python around my neck? Real conversation starter with the ladies, if you know what I mean.

ACTUALLY the City prohibits reptiles from the Festival, so leave Lucifer at home. And no, it's not a "Seeing Eye Snake."

Pretty funny. Hey, I gotta pee. Any porta–potties in this town?

HUNDREDS along the parade, either along the route itself or nearby adjacent squares. River Street will have many as well.

No worries, I’ll just whip it out right here.

NO! Please refrain from relieving yourself al fresco—public urination is the single most "popular" reason to get arrested on St. Patrick's Day here. cs


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Jim Morekis

Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for ten years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series... more

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