LIVE VIDEO STREAM coverage of the St. Patrick's Day festivities Monday in Olde Town Conyers, with the parade and 0.1 mile World's Shortest Endurance Run starts 4 p.m. at rockdalenews.com
Isn't it odd how in March, everyone seems to be Irish? We're guessing that many of our friends are exaggerating their Irish ancestry a wee bit. But who cares? It's St. Patrick's Day weekend, the one weekend a year when "going green'' has nothing to do with solar panels on the roof and everything to do with green beverages in the tall glass. That's not to say the kiddies are left entirely out of the picture. Some celebrations are family-friendly; others are definitely for the over-21 crowd.
In Olde Town in Conyers, the party will go on all weekend, culminating Monday with the "World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade" and Rockdale Rotary's fifth annual "World's Shortest Endurance Run." Remember what we said earlier: A bit 'o exaggeration is certainly allowed, in fact expected, on St. Patrick's Day, so nobody's batting an eye at all those superlatives. And after the weekend's partying, putting on the "World's Shortest Endurance Run'' is a pretty good idea. The parade starts and 4:30 p.m., and the run begins at 5:30.
Atlanta's also in a party mood this weekend. The ATL's St. Patrick's Day parade in Midtown will kick off at noon Saturday with 2,000 dancers, musicians, floats and bands. The parade will be on Peachtree Street from Ivan Allen Boulevard to Marietta Street.
The night before, the fourth annual Green Mile Midtown Pub Crawl will run from 7 to midnight, with five bars participating. For details, visit Atlantabartours.com.
Saturday morning will feature the Kegs & Eggs Virginia-Highland Pub Crawl, where you can enjoy an Irish breakfast, complete with green beer, green Mimosas and green Bloody Marys. That ought to put revelers in the mood for the parade! You can register at Neighbor's, 752 N. Highland Ave. NE in Atlanta.
For more family-friendly fun, head to Atlantic Station for ShamRock the Station, a festival featuring music, face-painting, balloons and more.