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      Five Points preparing to go green

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -In less than 24 hours, thousands will pack the streets of Five Points in different shades of green.

      "If you haven't been down here, it is something truly unique and something you have to experience," said Amy Beth Franks, Director of the Five Points Association.

      Preparations for the 32nd annual St. Patty's day festival are underway, and business owners are adding their final touches of green while stocking up on drinks for their lucky day.

      "We're moving some furniture out and moving some stuff in," said Bobby Brown, owner of Pour House in Five Points. "We're trying to prep with a whole bunch of green beer."

      The day long event will be full of activities for everyone in your family.

      Activities will consist of games and fun for the little ones, to live music for the adults.

      "We pride ourselves on having something for everybody," said Franks.

      However, safety is key.

      Organizers strongly suggest enjoying free events upon entering, as a new rule has been added.

      Re-entry will not be permitted.

      Columbia Police will have more than 100 officers patrolling Five points and the surrounding areas.

      They also plan to conduct public safety checkpoints throughout Columbia this weekend.

      Officers will be checking for valid driver's license, possible impairment, seat belt use and child restraints.

      Every vehicle that enters a checkpoint will be stopped.

      The South Carolina Highway Patrol, the University of South Carolinas Division of Law Enforcement and Safety and other law enforcement agencies will assist CPD in this effort.

      Officers recommend that you find a designated driver and wear your seat belt.

      If you see someone you suspect to be a drunk driver call *HP.