Savannah tightens St. Patrick’s Day Parade security with VP Pence visiting

Vice President Mike Pence’s presence at St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah on Saturday will result in a 12-block enhanced security area in which fun will be under tight control.

As detailed in Thursday's The Jolt at Politically Georgia, the Savannah Morning News reported:

A number of items — including folding chairs, coolers, backpacks, purses, tents and alcoholic beverages — will not be allowed to enter the controlled zone. The selling and consumption of alcohol will still be permitted within the control zone, but only in to-go cups provided by the bars and restaurants within its borders. City spokeswoman Michelle Gavin said residents who live inside the perimeter of the zone will be able to take drinks outside of their homes, but only in to-go cups. 

You can sip a can of Bud inside your own home, but can’t step out your own door with it? Good luck with that one.

While Savannah prepares for the nation's second-largest St. Patrick's Day parade, metro residents can find some green fun closer to home. The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at noon on March 17 along Peachtree Street in Midtown. The parade begins near the Woodruff Arts Center and ends near the Fox Theatre. There’s also a 5K before the parade.

• Where are St. Patrick's Day parades in Georgia this year? Your guide to the holiday in the Peach State. 

• If you're headed to Savannah: A guide to the big day.

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