Irish celebration set to hit downtown Conyers

CONYERS - The World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade will once again make its way through Olde Town Conyers.

The parade will begin its traditional two-block trek at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the corner or Main and Center streets at Evans Pharmacy and circle around to the Pavilion where the public can enjoy refreshments, entertainment and the crowning of the king and queen of the day's festivities.

The ad hoc event has been a Conyers tradition since 1985 when former City Councilman Bill Spivey and former Mayor Charles Walker made the spontaneous decision to dance an Irish jig down Main Street. Since then, the St. Patrick's Day parade has grown to include several hundred people.

"That's why we call it the World's Fastest Growing St. Patrick's Day Parade," Conyers spokeswoman Jennifer Edwards said.

No registration is required and anyone who wishes may don his or her favorite green attire, join the parade and make his or her own joyful noise.

"That's truly the unique feature of this parade," Edwards said. "If you've never been in a parade before, this is your chance."

This year, the parade will be led by Grand Marshal Mayor Randy Mills and Honorary Grand Marshals Bill Rogers, a former member of the Conyers City Council, along with Spivey and Walker. A bagpiper is also expected to help lead the festivities.

Following the parade is the St. Patrick's Day Street Party sponsored by the Olde Town Business Council. The street party takes place on Commercial Street from 6 to 9 p.m. and features a DJ and children's activities.

For more information about the parade, call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606.

Aimee Jones can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.