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Sunday bar ban in Savannah waived for St. Pat's

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Blue laws preventing Savannah bars from opening on Sundays are being shelved over the St. Patrick's Day weekend to give businesses a chance to earn some extra green.

The March 17 holiday falls on Monday this year, meaning many visitors are spending an extended weekend celebrating in Georgia's oldest city, where the St. Patrick's Day parade is a 190-year-old tradition.

Typically bars would be left high and dry on Sunday because state and local laws only allow alcohol sales by restaurants that make most of their money selling food. But local bar owner Bonnie Walden persuaded city officials and state lawmakers to approve an exception for Savannah when March 17 falls on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

Walden estimates Sunday sales could be worth $15,000 for her business, Bay Street Blues.

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