All Irish and Irish-at-heart are invited to attend the World’s Fastest Growing St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Monday, March 17 at 4:30 p.m. in Olde Town Conyers.
The parade, a Conyers tradition since 1985 sponsored by the Conyers Main Street Program, will be led by Grand Marshal Mayor Randy Mills and Honorary Grand Marshals Bill Rogers, Bill Spivey, Marty Jones and Charles Walker, former city councilmen and former mayor, respectively, accompanied by bagpiper Robert Harwell playing classic Irish tunes. Anyone who wishes to participate in the two-block walking parade is encouraged to meet at the corner of Main and Center Streets prior to 4:30 p.m. There are no vehicles allowed in the parade.
Live Irish entertainment will be on hand in the Olde Town Pavilion following the parade. The annual crowning of children’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade king and queen and winner of the Leprechaun Lookalike Contest will take place while attendees enjoy complimentary Irish-themed refreshments at the Olde Town Pavilion. All guests are encouraged to dress in their best and most creative Irish attire.
Following the parade is the 5th Annual World’s Shortest Endurance Run sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rockdale County. The run, 0.1 mile in length from the Conyers Welcome Center to The Pointe on Railroad Street, begins with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. and participants who enter will receive a T-shirt. Registration is still open for those interested in participating. For more information, visit www.rockdalerotary.org or contact Tim Baker at 678-614-7374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Businesses in Olde Town will offer great deals on merchandise as well as food and drink specials for parade attendees. Live music and traditional Irish dishes will be available in select restaurants until midnight.
Commercial Street will be closed Saturday, March 15 for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day Street Party sponsored by the Celtic Tavern with live entertainment starting at 5 p.m. Following the parade and fun run on Monday, Commercial Street will be closed again for festivities that evening.
“The one-of-a-kind events like the parade and fun run truly make St. Patrick’s Day in Olde Town the place to be,” said Main Street Manager Monica Coffin. “We look forward to saluting the Irish in our community’s unique way.”
For additional information call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.