Police will have no option but to tow vehicles parked in the staging area of the parade and along the parade route starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 16. The staging area runs from Henry to Gaston streets between Whitaker and Habersham streets.
Vehicles parked along the route will be towed. Vehicles parked illegally in adjoining areas will be ticketed and towed if blocking emergency vehicle access. Documents needed for retrieval of vehicles towed on parade day will be available at Savannah Police Department headquarters, 201 Habersham St., until 4 a.m. Sunday, March 17.
The parade itself will travel north on Abercorn to Broughton, east on Broughton to East Broad; Bay Street from Broad to Bull Street; and Bull from Bay until it disbands at Madison Square at Bull and Harris. Traffic along most of the parade route will be closed at 8 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. on Bay Street.
Chatham Area Transit will offer shuttle service on St. Patrick’s Day from the following locations: Westside Shopping Center on U.S. 80 in Garden City; Island Towne Centre on Whitemarsh Island near Walmart on U.S. 80; Port Wentworth at Rice Creek School, 100 Mulberry Ave.; and Savannah Mall at the Transit Center near Abercorn and Apache streets. Round-trip fare is $5 cash. Get info at catchacat.org.
The shuttles will begin operating at 7 a.m. and begin return trips at noon from the downtown Savannah JMR Transit Center, 610 W. Oglethorpe Ave. The return shuttles will operate until 4 p.m. After this time, customers will need to ride other scheduled CAT buses, which will be free, back to their parked vehicles.
The city will also require all motor coaches entering downtown to register at the Visitors Center on Friday and Saturday festival days. A motor coach permit will cost $250. Indian Street between MLK and Fahm has been designated as the drop-off and pick-up area for motor coaches, ride share and licensed taxis. No other vehicles will be permitted in the ride share area.
From Pooler: The Pooler Chamber of Commerce offers St. Patrick’s Celebration Shuttles between Molly MacPherson’s in Pooler, 110 Towne Center Blvd., to downtown Savannah near the festivities. The shuttle runs from 10 a.m. to midnight March 15 and 7 a.m. to midnight March 16. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for military with ID and $10 for children 10 and younger. New this year is a $55 three-day VIP pass.
Ferry service: CAT offers free rides via the Savannah Belles Ferry. The City Hall landing will not be in service. All Savannah Belles Ferry service will go from the Trade Center Landing to the Waving Girl Landing (by the Marriott) about every 20 minutes. Ferry hours are 7 a.m. March 16 to 12:20 a.m. March 17.
The city of Savannah’s Parking Services Department is offering pre-sale parking spaces for March 16 for $20 per day at the following locations:
Visitor’s Center Parking Lot, 301 Martin Luther King Jr.
Bryan Street Garage, 100 E. Bryant St.
Liberty Street Garage, 301 W. Liberty St.
Robinson Garage, 132 Montgomery St.
State Street Garage, 100 E. State St.
Whitaker Street Garage, 7 Whitaker St.
Curtis B. Cooper Parking Lot, 122 Barr St.
There are 14 available spaces for motor homes at the Visitor’s Center Parking Lot at 301 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Cost is $20 for Friday and Saturday and $10 for Sunday.
Many of the city of Savannah’s downtown parking garages will remain open 24 hours per day during the festival. Detailed garage schedules are available on the city’s website. Patrons may experience disruptions in garage access during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Ride shares and tour buses will drop off and pick up on Indian Street between Fahm and MLK. All other traffic on Indian Street will be discontinued during the two-day festival.
The St. Patrick’s Festival control zone is surrounded by the Savannah River between MLK Jr. Boulevard and East Broad Street. It is bordered to the south just west of Drayton by Broughton and to the east of Drayton by Bay Lane.
Vehicular access to River Street will be restricted to the MLK Jr. Boulevard entrance.
During the festival, city of Savannah docks within the control zone are reserved solely for emergency marine vessels.
Police will close streets within and surrounding City Market as early as Thursday, March 14. Jefferson Street will remain closed throughout the festival. Also, at 7 a.m. Thursday, March 14, River Street will close and remain closed to all vehicular traffic for the duration of the festival.
Attendees will be required to wear wristbands to drink alcoholic beverages in public streets and areas in the control zone from 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.
Wrist band enforcement will begin along the segment of the parade zone, within the control zone, after the parade. Wristbands can be purchased for $10 at various locations throughout the downtown area. A map showing the locations can be found at riverstreetsavannah.com. Wristbands are not required inside of establishments serving alcohol.
FESTIVAL AREA REMINDERS
Pets are prohibited in the festival area with the exception of service animals and pets of residents who live within the control zone. The service animals must be leashed at all times.
• exotic animals
• skates and skateboards
• smoke bombs
• any items that could be dangerous or disruptive