From left, Jennifer Mendez, William Zapata and Amanda Onate drink a toast during Smyrna St. Patrick's Day Festival at Smyrna Market Village in this 2010 file photo. 
Photo: Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com
Photo: Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com

See the green-dyed fountain: Smyrna readies for St. Patrick's Day fest

In a city of yellow jonquil flowers, green will be the color of choice this weekend.

And the place to be for St. Patrick’s Day in Smyrna is Market Village — just as it has been the last 13 years.

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be Friday and Saturday. If you can get a babysitter or don’t need one, Friday is for you. If you’re bringing the kids along and want a more family-friendly vibe, Saturday is what you’re looking for.

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Expect live music, TVs playing March Madness games, Guinness, cornhole and children’s activities.

The party starts at 2 p.m. Friday and moves inside at 10:30 p.m. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Roads near the fountain (dyed green in celebration) will be shut down, so beware.

A crowd of children ogle Smyrna's Market Village fountain dyed green for the annual Smyrna St. Patrick’s Day Festival in 2010.
Photo: (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com)

Shannon Drawe, general manager at Atkins Park assured there’d be plenty of parking.

Atkins Park (the Smyrna location) is sponsoring the event along with Zucca Bar & Pizzeria.

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Drawe estimates 3,000 people attended during the two days last year. Demand from customers forced the event to grow into a two-day shindig about a decade ago.

Ahead of time, get tickets for $5 a day. At the gate, that price doubles.

All proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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