St. Pat's: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Columbia - The StateMarch 15, 2014 

FILE PHOTO (2013) : Everyone's Irish at the St. Pat's Festival in Five Points.

ROB THOMPSON

Lose someone? Meet me at the fountain, er ... the Comfort Zone. Plus, the bands, shuttles, taxis, and the new rules for St. Pat's Festival in Columbia's Five Points today ...

What you need to know

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.

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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.

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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.

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).

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