St. Patrick's Day FAQs

Your street survival guide

So you can just walk around and drink in Savannah? Crazy.

Yes, that’s one of the most enlightened and wonderful things about our fair city. Anyone over 21 can enjoy an alcoholic beverage within the Festival Area, including out on the street. Cups must be paper, plastic or styrofoam, and 16 ounces or less. No other alcoholic containers of any kind are allowed.

We bent the rules further this year, and alcohol can be served 7 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

So where’s the Festival Area?

The official Festival Area for the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is north of Jones Street to the Savannah River; east of Boundary Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard.; and west of East Broad Street.

Does the inside of my car count as part of the Festival Area?

No. Definitely not.

Twitter? Hello?

Connect Savannah’s handle is @connectsavannah, and the City of Savannah tweets breaking public safety news at @cityofsavannah

Bro, just scored a parking spot right on the parade route. Just gonna take this yellow bag thingie off the parking meter. That cool?

Sure, if you want your car towed. Owners of towed cars must get a vehicle release form from SCMPD headquarters at Habersham and Oglethorpe Streets.

Screw this parking noise. Is there an inexpensive public transportation option, one costing, say about three bucks round trip?

Funny you should ask. Chatham Area Transit (CAT) will provide a $3 round–trip park ‘n’ ride St. Patrick’s Day shuttle March 17, 8–11 a.m. from these locations:

Westside at the Westside Shopping Center on Hwy 80 in Garden City,

Eastside at the Island Towne Centre on Whitemarsh Island and,

Southside at the Savannah Mall near the Burlington/Target corridor.

Shuttles begin return trips from the parade downtown from noon–3 p.m. After 3 p.m., shuttle patrons can return to their cars via CAT fixed routes 3A and 3B, 10 East Savannah, and 114 Abercorn.

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

Sorry, doesn’t matter — dogs of any kind aren’t allowed on River Street after the parade.

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

Actually the City has specifically prohibited live snakes from this year’s festival. Leave Lucifer at home.

Oops! Lost my kid again.

Lost or discarded children will be brought to Police HQ at Habersham and Oglethorpe Streets and sold to the highest bidder. Just kidding about that last part.

Yeah, love me some St. Patty’s Day in Savannah.

Patty is really a girl’s name. We prefer St. Paddy’s Day if you must abbreviate.

Cool story bro. Gotta pee. Any porta–potties in this town?

Yes, nearly 400 of them. They are clustered along the parade route, either along the route itself or nearby the 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 au naturel — public urination is one of the most “popular” reasons to get arrested on St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah. The cops are looking for it and they will bust you.

Whatever. I’m so wasted right now. Need cab.

Cab stands will be at East Broad Street at Bay Street and MLK Boulevard at Bay Street.

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