Before tourists crowd River Street for St. Patrick's Day, one group carved out time for locals to "practice" for the festival, sans all the out-of-towners.

March 8 is "the time for the locals to go enjoy River Street," according to organizer Brian Stafford.

The St. Practice Day Bar Crawl opens entry to 13 bars along the river in what the Stafford Promotions owner says is "one of the best drinking cities in the world."

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Savannahians can walk around downtown with cups of beer, plenty of bars dot the city and bartenders are top-notch, according to Stafford.

"They're just good at what they do," he said.

Participants pay $15 online, or $20 at Spanky's River Street the day of the event.

To catch $10 registration specials, Stafford encourages people to "like" the Savannah Bar Crawl Facebook page.

Event-day packet pick-up is from 2-5 p.m. at Spanky's. The crawl ends at Saddle Bags by 10 p.m.

It's a go-at-your-own-pace event, with each bar offering three key drink specials for participants: $2 Bud and Bud Light, $3 Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey cocktails and $3 Fire Eater shots.

"You can go to any bar at any time," Stafford said.

St. Practice Day participating bars include Spanky's, Bayou Cafe, Barracuda Bob's, Wet Willies, The Warehouse, Rocks on the Roof, Kevin Barry's, Fiddler's, Dub's, Rusty Rudders, Murphy's Law, 309 West and Saddle Bags.

Everyone receives a koozie, St. Patrick's Day beads and "swag" from sponsors.

But the first 250 people to have each bar mark their Leprechaun List receive a T-shirt. Those wanting shirts should end their trek at Saddle Bags.

"We know that people will have a lot of fun," said Mary Jane Crouch, executive director of America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.

But the fun also helps feed locals.

St. Practice Day proceeds help fund meals through Second Harvest.

The group feeds 3,800 meals to area children each weekday. Every dollar provides five local meals, according to Crouch.

"We love giving back," Stafford said.

He only asks that people wear green.

"We urge people to dress up," he said. "Look like leprechauns."