‘World’s shortest parade’ again fails to span 2 blocks

Snow falls on participants of the "world's shortest" St. Patrick's Day Parade in Conklin. (March 17, 2017)

CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) —  What’s billed as the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ottawa County couldn’t end any quicker for participants, who were hit by fast-moving snowflakes Friday morning.

Every year for decades, revelers have gathered in Conklin with the intention of marching two blocks. But every time, they stop short for a drink at the local bar.

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“It’s pretty special, especially when the destination is a block away and it’s a bar… it’s like half a block away,” said one participant.

Snow falls on participants of the “world’s shortest” St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Conklin. (March 17, 2017)

The actual procession spans about 150 yards.

The parade organizer, Mark Schneider, is also the owner of Conklin Bar, formerly known as Fenian’s Irish Pub.