COLUMBIA (WACH) -- It may be St. Patrick's Day but the real party gets started this weekend in the Capital City.
Tens of thousands of people will be heading to St. Pat's in Five Points Saturday.
Right now, police officers are gearing up and taking steps to make it a safe event.
"We want you to enjoy yourself and have a good time," says Police Chief Randy Scott. "It's not our goal to make arrests and put people in jail, at the same time, we are going to keep the patrons safe."
Scott also says they'll be conducting community safety checkpoints around the downtown area over the weekend to make sure drivers are safe. Officers will be focusing on drivers under the influence, driving with a suspended license or uninsured along with agressive driving and seatbelt violations.Related Stories St. Patty's in Five Points Lucky Forecast for St Pat`s in 5 Points St. Pat's festival lines up volunteers, 50 still needed
There will also be several street closures because of the event. The following streets will be affected:
Friday, March 18
12:00 PM (Vehicles not removed by this time will be towed)2100 Greene Street (Access to Post Office from Pavillion Avenue)5:00 PM (Vehicles not removed by 2:00 PM will be towed)700 Santee Avenue6:00 PM (Vehicles not removed by 2:00 PM will be towed)600 Harden Street
Saturday, March 19
2:00 AM (Vehicle not removed by this time will be towed)Devine Street (From Woodrow to Blossom)Harden St. (Gervais to Wheat Streets)Blossom St. (Pickens to Woodrow Streets)Greene Street (Pickens to Heidt Streets)All streets will remain closed until the end of festival.
Click here for the full timeline of events at St. Pat's in Five Points along with parking and transportation details.
While there is a lot to see at this weekend's party, there will also be plenty of new eyes watching you. Friday, we'll show you controversial new security measures and talk to Chief Scott about the cameras keeping an on you you.