ST. PAT’S IN FIVE POINTS

St. Pat's at Five Points: Last-minute Q & A

Columbia - The StateMarch 15, 2014 

FILE PHOTO: Canaan McClester, 13, of Columbia dances at the Capital City Shag Club in 5-Points during St. Patrick Day festivities.

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— Thousands of patrons will be going green Saturday as they head to Five Points for the annual St. Pat’s in Five Points celebration.

The event will run from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. A road race starts at 7:30 a.m. and a parade at 10.

Here are some last-minute tips provided by the Five Points Association for those heading out for today’s festivities.

Can I still get my tickets at the gate?

Yes, tickets there will be $15.

What is the exit and re-entry policy?

Re-entry will not be permitted unless you pay for another ticket. Organizers ask that patrons stay within the festival grounds until they are ready to leave.

What if it rains?

This is a rain or shine event.

Will there be any activities for the young ones?

Families with young children are asked to explore the Pot O’ Gold Playground, a free event at Martin Luther King Park, before entering the festival grounds. Inside the festival gates, youth ages 16 and younger are admitted with an adult at standard ticket prices, with ages 12 and younger free.

What if I lose something at the festival or get separated from my child?

The Comfort Zone is at the Five Points Fountain and serves as the lost and found and information booth.

Where should I park?

There are several satellite parking locations – including Capital City Stadium on Assembly Street, Koger Center on Assembly Street and Hand Middle School on Woodrow Street in Shandon – with free shuttle transportation.

Can I bring my pet?

Only service animals trained to assist the disabled will be allowed into the festival

Are cameras allowed?

Absolutely. And guests are encouraged to share their photos on the Five Points Facebook or Instagram page. (Also at online@thestate.com).

Are there any items not allowed?

No weapons, illegal substances, backpacks, food, beverages, alcohol, containers or coolers, skateboards, scooters, personal motorized vehicles (except for those with mobility limitations), bicycles, fireworks, explosives, laser pointers, umbrellas, picnic baskets, lawn furniture, pets.

What should I wear?

Something green, of course.

Compiled by Bertram Rantin

 

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