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St. Patrick's Day

Coming to Savannah for St. Patrick's day for a friend's 40th birthday (its what he really wanted to do). Need advice on places to eat, and things to see that weekend. We are planning to do the St. Patty's stuff on Friday, but are looking for other things to do the rest of the time we are there, or are the crowds going to be to bad? This is our first trip, so any advice will be helpful.

TIA!

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1. Re: St. Patrick's Day

Nomally on the day of the parade (March 14th, this year) we have about 200,000 to 300,000 extra people in the downtown area. The Party will probably last until Sunday evening.

Soooooo.....if you are staying downtown, you do what ever you can do, and eat where ever you can find a spot. Whether or not you think the crowds are bad depends on what you are used to. It could be a lot of FUN!!!

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2. Re: St. Patrick's Day

be prepared for a mardi gras type mob, and enjoy the festivities. it's a great party!!!!!

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If you plan on eating at a decent restaurant at any point during your stay, make reservations immediately. Don't think you're going to walk in and find a table. You'll wind up grateful to find food at a hot-dog cart-- and I am speaking from experience.

Finding a hotel with a small kitchen is ALWAYS a good idea this time of year.

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More than 500,000 people are packed into the Festival Zone on parade day, so be prepared for a human crush in some areas. Chippewa Square on Bull Street near the end of the parade is a great place to watch it.

The local police will be out in full force, looking for minor infractions of public urination, lewd conduct, drunkeness---and they will make arrests. Don't even think of parking just anywhere---cars get towed, and it'll set you back several hundred $$ to claim your car. Leave your car at your hotel and take a free shuttle downtown, if you're staying in the 'burbs.

By Saturday & Sunday the streets will be open again, so you'll be OK to enjoy restaurants, etc. River St. will remain gated access for crowd control but you should go there for music & entertainment. Crowds will be downtown all weekend but not as many as on Friday, parade day.

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5. Re: St. Patrick's Day

Thank you for the advice, sounds like it will be lots of fun! For those who asked we are staying at the Homewood Suites, which says its about 3-4 miles from the downtown area.

Does anyone have suggestions on places to eat that will take reservations?

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