Five Points Foundation Wraps Up 35th Annual St. Pat’s in Five Points
March 21, 2017
On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Five Points welcomed approximately 47,400 people to their perennial St. Pat’s in Five Points celebration. An event breakdown is below:
Get to the Green 15K, 10K, 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run had 2,401 participants. This year’s race featured a new 15K, in honor of its 15th anniversary. The race started at Maxcy Gregg Park and ended on Devine Street. The race ceremonies were hosted at Public House on Devine Street.
St. Pat’s Parade had 72 floats participate in the annual musical mile down Devine Street. The grand marshal of this year’s parade was Fort Jackson in honor of their Centennial. 2017 winners included:
• Best Irish Theme: Gowns and Crowns
• Best Music: The Original Five Points Wild Irish Band
• Most Creative: Jamil Shriners
• Most Interactive: USO, South Carolina & The Carolina Kudzu Queens
• Best Overall: Cosmic King Productions
The Pot O’ Gold Playland welcomed children and their families throughout the day in Martin Luther King Park to enjoy free family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides, and more.
26 bands played on five stages, including the new Bluegrass Stage on Santee Avenue.
Back for the second year, the Silent Disco doubled in size and moved to a new location. With five DJs playing from 2pm – 6pm, this area of the festival saw 2,189 people throughout the afternoon.
The festival’s three food courts and Food Truck Rodeo were home to 14 mostly local food vendors, providing patrons a wide variety of eats.
22 arts & crafts vendors lined Devine Street and Saluda Avenue, many selling out of their products.
St. Pat’s Saluda’s VIP Experience sold out weeks before the festival.
“The Cube” serviced hundreds of people all day long, handing out programs, charging people’s cell phones and answering their festival questions.
St. Pat’s transportation services, including shuttles and the Checker Yellow free cab ride home program, were successful, providing thousands of patrons complimentary convenient and safe rides.
On Sunday, March 19, festival staff and dozens of volunteers worked hard to clean up Five Points and the surrounding neighborhoods.
580 general festival volunteers, and 61 recycling volunteers from 31 local non-profits and charitable organizations from across the Midlands came to help execute another successful year for the festival. Recycling volunteers contributed 221.5 hours, collecting 1.24 tons of recycling and 400 pounds of cardboard. A press conference will be held in early April to recognize these groups for their dedication.
The St. Pat’s Planning Committee works closely each year with the Columbia Police Department for months leading up to the event to ensure that public safety is on the forefront. While there were no major incidents to report, this year’s preliminary numbers are 17 arrests and 26 charges by the Columbia Police Department.
In conjunction with WCOS, the festival hosted a meet & greet with country music star, Michael Ray, allowing 29 festival attendees the opportunity to get up close and personal with the headliner.
St. Pat’s in Five Points wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of businesses across the Midlands: Beverage South, KW Beverage, Wells Fargo, Checker Yellow, Green’s Beverages, Southern Wine and Spirits, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Grow Financial, Columbia Fireflies, Law Offices of McCulloch & Schillaci, TD Bank, T-Mobile, The Fountain Division of W.P. Law, Kohl’s, BB&T, Cycle Center, McDonald’s, State Farm, Select Health, Barefoot Campus Outfitters, Delaney’s, Office Depot, Statewide Security Systems, Image 360, The Mobile Attic, Whole Foods, Image Ink, Five Points Association, and the City of Columbia.