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West Boylston Pubs Preparing World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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The route for the shortest St. Patrick's Day parade in West Boylston. (Photo by Lana Jones)

The route for the shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade in West Boylston. (Photo by Lana Jones)

WEST BOYLSTON (CBS) – It may look like a pub crawl, but the sponsors are billing it as the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Organizer Michael Casey said the parade scheduled for noon Sunday was inspired by a similar parade in the small Irish village of Dripsey in County Cork.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

“The village was so small it had only two pubs in the town and they decided they’d leave from the front door of one pub, cross the street, go down a few yards and into the front door of the other pub.”

Participants in the Bay State version will march out the door of Finders sports pub and across the driveway to neighboring Keepers sports pub on West Boylston Street.

The parade will begin in the pub’s back parking lot.

“It will be like a clown car,” Casey said. “The door will open up and people will just keep coming out.”

Casey said the parade will have about 230 participants and it should take roughly 30 minutes for them all to cover the 36-foot parade route.

According to Casey, the shortest parade will also feature the tallest leprechauns who will be handing out foil-wrapped chocolate coins as they lead the marchers.

Reports that the parade will make it into the Guinness Book of Records are complete blarney, Casey said.

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