‘Shortest parade’ may end with Conklin pub’s sale

People gather in Conklin for 'the world's shortest parade,' which ends at Fenian's Pub. (March 17, 2014)
People gather in Conklin for 'the world's shortest parade,' which ends at Fenian's Pub. (March 17, 2014)

CONKLIN, Mich. (WOOD) — The future of a 27-year-old St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Conklin is in question.

What has been called the world’s shortest parade was founded by Terry Reagan, the owner of Fenian’s Pub in Conklin, northeast of Coopersville in Ottawa County.

“It gets it on the map. There are a lot of people who know where Conklin is now,” Reagan said.

For 27 years, Reagan and a group of St. Patrick’s Day revelers have been trying to complete a two-block parade — but the same thing has always gotten in the way.

“As luck would have it, there is a pub in the middle and we have never completed one yet,” Reagan said.

His pub, to be more specific.

'The world's shortest parade' ends at Fenian's Pub in Conklin. (March 17, 2014)
‘The world’s shortest parade’ ends at Fenian’s Pub in Conklin. (March 17, 2014)

But Monday’s parade may have been the parade’s last failed (or perhaps not at all failed) attempt to make it.

“It will be the last year I am involved with it because we are putting the place up for sale,” Reagan said.

And leaving it behind, he says, isn’t all that hard.

“It’s time to go.,” he said. “I am old enough. I have paid my dues.”

Without Reagan, it’s unclear whether the parade will march next year.

A new owner could continue the tradition — it would seem a wise business move considering the support — but that remains to be seen.

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