Get on the Bus
So you’re thinking: Wouldn’t it be awesome not to have to drive into downtown to see the parade?
Yes. Yes it would be so awesome.
That’s why Chatham Area Transit (CAT) will provide a $5 round–trip park ‘n’ ride St. Patrick’s Day shuttle March 17, 7-11 a.m. from these locations:
• Westside at the Westside Shopping Center on Hwy 80 in Garden City;
• Eastside at the Island Towne Centre on Whitemarsh Island;
• Southside at the Savannah Mall near Dillard’s.
Shuttles begin return trips from the parade downtown from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
After 3 p.m., shuttle patrons can return to cars via CAT routes 3A and 3B, 10 East Savannah, and 114X Abercorn Express.
Anyone taking a shuttle downtown on Monday who does not want to return on the afternoon shuttle can use the St. Patrick’s Day wristband to ride the regular routes. Catch a CAT from the Transit Center or from other regularly marked bus stops not affected by the parade reroutes.
To Westside Shopping Center – 3B Augusta Ave stops about a block away
To Island Towne Centre – 10 East Savannah
To Savannah Mall – 14 Abercorn Local, or take numerous other routes to the Oglethorpe Mall and then transfer.
The fare-free dot shuttle service will be suspended. The fare-free Liberty shuttle service is limited to 6:30-8:30 a.m.
Otherwise, CAT buses will follow the usual holiday schedule for Monday, St. Patrick’s Day, with supplemental service along Abercorn. Look for regular half-hour frequency on the 14 Abercorn.
The following routes will transfer at Oglethorpe & Price during the parade: 10 East Savannah, 11 Candler, 14 Abercorn, 27 Waters, 28 Waters, 31 Skidaway/Sandfly. All other routes will transfer as usual.
What about real late at night?
In a welcome development, the following CAT routes will provide service from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. on Saturday and on Monday.
3B Augusta Ave – use for Westside shuttle site Monday
10 East Savannah – Will only go to Island Towne Centre; use for Eastside shuttle site Monday
14 Abercorn – use for Southside shuttle site Monday
17 Silk Hope
27 Waters – Will not service stop at Memorial Health main entrance
There’s a shuttle to Hutchinson Island too. From 11 p.m.-4 a.m., catch the bus at Indian & Fahm.
Yeah, how ‘bout Hutchinson Island?
The Savannah International Trade & Convention Center across the Savannah River on Hutchinson Island offers another option. Parking at the center will be open 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 for $15 per vehicle including a round trip on the water ferry or CAT Shuttle Service for all passengers.
The water ferry will run from Savannah International Trade & Convention Center 7 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. The Chatham Area Transit (CAT) Shuttle Service will run from 7 a.m. to 4 a.m. The CAT shuttle pick-up and drop-off location for passengers downtown will be at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd and Indian Street.
What’s up with Bay Street and River Street?
Bay Street will be closed to through traffic intermittently between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. from Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17.
Also, parking on Bay Street, and the public and private parking spaces north of Bay Street, will be restricted beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 16 and all day Monday, March 17.
Additionally, Bay Street will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 17 until 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
River Street and its entry/exit ramps will be closed to vehicular traffic Thursday, March 13, 10 a.m. through Tuesday, March 18, 8 a.m.
OK, what about the actual parade?
Oh, yeah, that. Our St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts about 10 a.m. Monday morning. It lasts several hours, so pace yourself.
The “official” viewing area for dignitaries and such is on Abercorn near Lafayette Square. Lafayette Square is itself one of the more popular places to watch the parade, and is one of the places where the bands perform their best in order to show their stuff for the TV cameras.
Just don’t think about camping out in any of the squares the night before. You can’t set up your party station in parks and squares until 6 a.m. Monday.
The only furniture allowed in squares are tables, coolers, lawn chairs and 10-by-10-foot tents.
NO grills, amplified sound, kegs, advertisements, barriers, or personal bartenders. All your stuff has to be out of the square by 6 p.m. Monday.