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Downtown businesses say the numbers are looking good for St. Patrick's Day

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Employees at Bay Street Blues clean up after St. Patrick's Day festivities (Photo: Ian Dembling)

Downtown Savannah businesses are boxing up their St. Patrick's Day decorations after yet another year of week-long festivities. Many are already looking back at the past few days with positive memories.

"This weekend was probably the biggest and best St. Patrick's day we've experienced in years," said Bonnie Walden, co-owner of Bay Street Blues.

Walden says her popular $1 Jello shots nearly tripled in sales compared to last year. She attributed this to the good weather and the well-behaved customers.

"We had no problems whatsoever, everybody came in, partied, and I think everybody got home safe and partied safe so it was a great weekend," Walden said.

Old Savannah Tours says they contributed many having a safe ride home. They transported party-goers as far out as Tybee Island. In return, they say their profits went up.

"Each year seems to do a little better. We had a really good week and it just kicks off the season for us," said Rhonda Turner, a sales representative for Old Savannah Tours.

Some businesses did complain of trash being left outside their business.

Police say they arrested one man after he broke a window at Wet Willie's in City Market.

There were 52 arrests in total in the festival zone between Thursday and Sunday morning.