Savannah St. Patrick's Day parking limited, but area offers other options

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As the Savannah St. Patrick's Day festivities draw closer and closer, your options for parking in the area are beginning to dwindle.

More than 800 parking spots at area garages that were available for pre-sale have already sold out.

But don't worry, the area is offering other options to get you to the parade!

The City of Savannah and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center teamed up to offer expanded parking and ferry services from Hutchinson Island on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17.

For $20, you can park at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island and get a round-trip ferry ride across the river.

The water ferry will operate from 7 a.m. until midnight Friday and Saturday to take passengers to and from River Street.

“Parking on Hutchinson Island is a great way to enjoy the parade and festival while avoiding heavy traffic in the downtown area," said Traffic Engineering Administrator Stephen Henry.

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If you'd rather hitch a ride to the parade instead of parking your car, there are several options.

Chatham Area Transit will offer a shuttle service to and from the parade. For details, click here.

Kelly Tours will also be picking folks up in Pooler every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday, from 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The rideshare company Lyft teamed up with Bud Light to offer parade-goers $5 of a ride by using the promo code BUDLIGHTSAV (subject to limited quantity/terms apply.) They have also set up two pick-up and drop-off locations, located at the east and west ends of the festival.

  • Indian Street, near its intersection with MLK Jr. Blvd. (right at the very west end of the festival).
  • Rossiter Circle, right off of Bay Street (located at the east end of the festival).

“Both Bud Light and Lyft have longstanding commitments to ensuring people get where they’re going safely and responsibly, and our collaboration in Savannah is one of many we have across the U.S.,” says Lyft’s Southeast General Manager Sam Bond. “We also want to help festival-goers take the guesswork out of getting around, and ‘caps off’ to Bud Light for the exclusive offer for Lyft Riders.”

Finally, Uber will be offering rides to and from the festivities, using the same recommended pick-up and drop-off locations as Lyft. The company also offered some helpful tips if you decided to use Uber as your mode of transportation:

  • Confirm your driver: Double check your driver’s car make and model, license plate and their name and photo in the app before hopping in. Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never accept solicitations from anyone claiming to be an Uber driver-partner.
  • Ditch your drinks: Respect your driver and their vehicle—we want Uber to be enjoyable for everyone. Share kindness and respect, and avoid bringing open containers or food along for the ride.
  • Check for items before exiting: If you left something behind in the vehicle, you can contact your driver directly by tapping "Your Trips" in the app menu. Please note, that there is a $15 lost item fee for your driver to return it to you.
  • See the price before you ride: Don’t let the cost of a trip rain on your St. Patrick’s Day parade. With upfront pricing, you can enter in your destination address and see the price before you ride.

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