COLUMBIA, SC — Going to the party Saturday? Here are some things you need to know:
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for festival. Road race starts at 7:30 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. Pot O’ Gold Playland in MLK Park opens at 10 a.m.
Shuttles: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Capital City Stadium along Assembly Street, Park Street behind the Koger Center and Hand Middle School along Devine Street. Shuttles run every 20 minutes. ID check for those 21 and older available at shuttle stops.
Weather: The National Weather Service forecast for Columbia indicates the chance of rain will be slim until about 10 p.m., when it will begin to rise. The Five Points cleanup might be a little messy, however, with rain in the forecast Sunday through Tuesday.
Gates: Wells Fargo at Blossom Street and Saluda Avenue; Blossom and Harden streets; Devine Street near Jake’s; Santee Avenue behind Harper’s restaurant; Greene Street near Salty Nut; and Harden Street in front of Chik-Fil-A.
Taxis: Pick up at Harden and College streets, Blossom Street near Wells Fargo, and Devine Street near Jake’s. Checker Yellow and the Five Points Foundation will cover the first $10 of your fare home or to a hotel.
Emergencies: The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comfort zone will be at the Five Points Fountain. Chairs, cots, water and first aid will be available.
Other things to know: There will be four food courts with seating. Festival programs with schedules and maps will be given to all entrants. As usual, don’t bring weapons, coolers, alcohol, drugs, dogs or fireworks. No re-entry allowed.