(Conyers, GA—March 6, 2019) Conyers’ St. Patrick’s Day celebration will step off at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, at the World’s Fastest Growing St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Olde Town Conyers.
The parade, a Conyers tradition since 1980, will be led by Grand Marshal Mayor Vince Evans and invited honorary grand marshals Bill Rogers, Marty Jones, Chris Bowen, and Randy Mills, former city councilmen and former mayor, respectively, accompanied by bagpiper Robert Harwell playing classic Irish tunes. Local businesses, organizations and school groups will also participate in this year’s parade. Dancers from the Drake Irish School of Dance, sponsored by the Celtic Tavern and Rotary Club of Rockdale County, will perform during the parade and at the Olde Town Pavilion in Randal S. Mills City Center Park following the parade. 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.
The annual crowning of children’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade king and queen, and winner of the Leprechaun Lookalike Contest for adults will take place while attendees enjoy complimentary Irish-themed refreshments following the parade at the Olde Town Pavilion. A festive, Irish-attired pet will also be selected for a prize. All guests are encouraged to dress in their best and most creative Irish attire.
Following the parade is the 10th Annual World’s Shortest Endurance Run sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rockdale County. The run, .1 mile in length from the Conyers Welcome Center to The Pointe on Railroad Street, begins with a shotgun start at 5:30 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.
"The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of our most popular, homegrown events. Since it began, we have more fun reinventing the parade each year with creative entries and local characters getting into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and just having a good time," said Downtown Events and Business Coordinator Sandy Daniels. "We welcome all of those who want to celebrate the spirit of the Irish to join us for a festive afternoon that leads into a weekend of festivities."
Commercial Street will be closed the evening of March 15 following the parade, and on Saturday, March 16 for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day event dubbed “St. Practice Day” starting at 2 p.m. The festivities are sponsored by the Celtic Tavern and Tin Plate with live entertainment by local favorites Jeff Taylor, Chris, Jon and Scott, along with drink and food specials.
On Sunday, March 17, the St. Patrick’s revelry continues starting at 2 p.m. until 10 p.m. with a St. Patrick’s Day Street Party. Restaurants Celtic Tavern and Tin Plate once again will partner to bring live music from the Stratocats at 7 p.m. and drink and food specials all day with yard games like cornhole, giant Jenga and more on Commercial Street.
For additional information, please call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.