Grab a green poncho, because Saturday’s St. Pat’s in Five Points festival could be dampened by rain again this year. The event is 9 a.m.-7 p.m. in Five Points and includes a 5K run, a parade and an afternoon of music acts. Here’s what you need to know:
National Weather Service is calling for light rain with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. Chance of rain is 80 percent with a high near 70. The festival will go on rain or shine. (Umbrellas are not allowed.)
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The festival is $15 in advance, $20 day of. There is no re-entry. Once you’re in, you can’t leave and come back without having to pay again.
Most roads to and from Five Points will be barricaded Saturday. This includes Blossom, Greene, Santee, Devine, Harden and Saluda streets. If your home is included within the barricaded area, be prepared to show a photo ID or utility bill with your address to gain access. Barricades will be in place at 7 a.m. Saturday and will come down around 8 p.m.
There will be a complimentary shuttle service to and from Capital City Stadium (8 a.m-8 p.m.), Lincoln Garage (9 a.m.-8 p.m.), Hand Middle School (11 a.m.-8 p.m.). Parking in surrounding neighborhoods is prohibited.
Checker Yellow Cabs, the official festival transportation sponsor, gives you the first $10 of your fare home or to a hotel. Cab pick-up locations are Blossom Street near Wells Fargo, Devine Street near Jake’s and Harden Street near Chik-fil-A.
For more schedule highlights and stories from the front lines, see thestate.com/gocolumbia.
7:30 a.m.: Get to the Green 5K, 10K and 1-mile family fun run. Races start at Maxcy Gregg Park.
9 a.m.: Festival gates open. Enter at Santee, Devine, Blossom, Green and Harden streets.
10 a.m.: St. Pat’s Parade. The parade runs down Devine Street, starting in front of Earth Fare/Dreher High School in Shandon and ending in front of Hip Wa Zee/Food Lion in Five Points.
Noon-7 p.m.: Musical Entertainment. There are four stages where you can hear live music.