St. Patrick's Day on Sullivan's Island

St. Patrick's Day on Sullivan's Island

SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - For Sullivan's Island, it's the third year its scaled back for St. Patrick's Day celebrations after issues including complaints from neighbors and public safety in 2014.

While the town no longer shuts down Middle Street entirely for the festivities, there seems to be no short of fun as the town is trying to keep it safe.

Owner and operating partner with Dunleavy's Pub Jamie Maher says it's a great day no matter what the size. This year marks 25 years the pub has celebrated St. Patrick's Day. 

"All these people having a good time, family out here, we've got a kids area, it's a great turnout," Maher said. 

Before 2015, Middle Street was shut down for the festivities and alcohol was allowed outside of business patios. Now it's not.

The town put barriers up between the street and the bars to keep people from wandering in the road. 

Some of the side streets were closed for the festivities and the town provided extra police to help with safety and traffic. 

Police say there were no issues this time around. Things remained contained. 

"You can tell with all the people having fun behind me, I think they still came out with it being St. Patrick's Day," Maher said.  "I definitely think people still want to come out and celebrate and enjoy being a little Irish for today."

The City of Folly Beach was in a similar situation after it's annual Mardi Gras celebrations last month.

There were more people than expected, and 21 people were arrested. Folly Beach is looking to scale that back too.

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