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St. Patty's parade set for Monday

CONYERS - Olde Town will once again be the scene of the Conyers World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The parade, which is an Olde Town tradition since 1985, will start at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the corner of Main and Center streets with a bagpiper playing Irish tunes at the front of the crowd.

The parade will then be led by Grand Marshall Mayor Randy Mills and Honorary Grand Marshals Bill Rogers and Bill Spivey, both former city council members, and former Mayor Charles Walker.

The parade will end at the Pavilion with the crowning of the King and Queen of St. Patrick's Day, along with Irish music and complimentary refreshments.

Following the parade, the Olde Town Business Council's St. Patrick's Day Street Party will take place on Commercial Street, which music, food, green beverages and children's activities will be offered until 11 p.m.

Stores and restaurants in the area will be open and will offer special sales and discounts. The Conyers Main Street Program and the OTBC co-sponsor this event.

The event, which started with two people doing an Irish jig down Main Street, has evolved into a wear-your-green-but-come-as-you-are party with a small-town feel.

"We hope to keep the crowd under 50,000 people this year," quipped Mills.

Those interested in participating in the parade should be at the corner of Main and Center before 4:30 p.m. For additional information, contact the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.

Ric Latarski can be reached at ric.latarski@rockdalecitizen.com.