CONYERS–The St. Patrick’s Day festivities planned for Wednesday, March 17, in Olde Town Conyers will look a little different this year, but shenanigans will still be had.
The traditional parade will not be held due to COVID-19 concerns, but will instead feature a St. Pet’s Day Stroll. Pet owners, along with their leashed or harnessed festive Irish-attired pet, are invited to gather at the corner of Commercial and Center streets before 5 p.m.
At 5 p.m., participants will be led by the Free Range Minstrel David Court, a one-man band, and march with their pets down Commercial Street as St. Patrick’s Day attendees look on. Afterward, a prize sponsored by The Pampered Puppy, will be awarded for the best-dressed pet.
Following the St. Pet’s Day Stroll and brief remarks from Mayor Vince Evans, the annual crowning of the children’s St. Patrick’s Day king and queen and the announcement of the Leprechaun Lookalike contest winner for adults will take place. The Celtic Tavern is the proud sponsor of the “Leprechaun Lookalike” contest prize.
The Rotary Club of Rockdale County’s World’s Shortest Endurance Race begins with a shotgun start at 5:30 p.m. The run, 0.1 mile in length from the Conyers Welcome Center to The Pointe on Railroad Street, is open to children and adults and participants will receive a T-shirt. Registration is still open for those interested in participating. For more information and to register, visit www.rockdalerotary.org.
Commercial Street will remain closed for the remainder of the evening of St. Patrick’s Day with food and drink specials by local restaurants. The festivities are sponsored by The Celtic Tavern and Tin Plate with live music by Hot Rod Walt and a special guest, playing from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Day and the festive atmosphere and energy it brings to Olde Town makes it one of our most popular, homegrown events. We look forward to welcoming those ready to celebrate and encourage them to do so in a safe way by wearing masks and practicing social distancing,” said Olde Town Event Coordinator Sandy Daniels.
The weekend prior to St. Patrick’s Day, on Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, Olde Town restaurants will celebrate “St. Practice Day” with a street closure, games and live music. The Tiger Bragg Band is scheduled to play on March 12 beginning at 7 p.m. and Jeremy Dunn will open for the Stratocats at 5 p.m. on March 13.
For more information or questions on these and upcoming events in Olde Town Conyers, call the Conyers Welcome Center at 770-602-2606 or visit conyersga.com.