World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade | Hot Springs National Park, AR

The 1st Ever Worlds Shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs, Arkansas has hosted some of the most colorful celebrities in its’ 15 year history. The infamous 98 foot Bridge Street parade route has been marched, sauntered and danced by the likes of Alfonso Ribeiro, Bo Derek, Kevin Bacon, Mark Martin, Jim Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Corbett, John Ratzenberger, Mike Rowe, Mario Lopez, Pauley Shore, George Wendt, Bob Wheeler and Dick Kelley.  Who will host the historic 15th anniversary of quirky little parade in 2018? Check back for updates and until then, “keep it short!”


Jon Heder, who became an overnight sensation and gained an instant cult following with his feature film debut in the title role of the offbeat comedy “Napoleon Dynamite,” has agreed to be the official starter for the 2018 parade, according to Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the creators of the annual 98-foot march down Bridge Street.


World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade | Hot Springs National Park, AR

Hot Springs will celebrate 15 years of hosting one of the top St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the world with not one, but two concerts in 2018! Last year’s Uncle Kracker concert brought the biggest crowd we have seen on Bridge Street and we plan on raising our shamROCKS even higher this year. Look for two big concerts, the first on Friday, March 16th and the after parade concert on Saturday, March 17th.

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The Worlds Largest Leprechaun has fully recovered from fun-overdose after last year’s Parade, and is getting himself in shape for the 2018 version.

The world-famous Kissing of the Arkansas Blarney Stone Contest — with cash prizes! — will be on the day’s schedule, of course, and participants are getting new taps on the Irish jig shoes, putting the final touches on their floats and musical groups. We’ve had to limit the entry list to 40 units, or else the fun would go on forever.

The lineup is set, and the fans are sending their green leprechaun suits to the dry cleaners as planning proceeds for The First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2017, on the World’s Shortest Street in beautiful Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

Past participants have included the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders — of course — the (in)Famous Texas Tortilla Queens, the one and only Gary Busey, “Duck Dynasty’s” Mountain Man, and the San Diego Chicken.

In addition, the parade will feature such delights as a troupe of marching Irish Elvis impersonators; Irish belly dancers; Irish dogs; a fire truck as long as the parade route, and dozens of floats and marching units; loud music, and some Irish bagpipers.

So get ready to join 30,013 fellow revelers in Hot Springs on March 17, 2017.


Napoleon Dynamite Announced as Official Starter!

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade turns 15 next March, and Napoleon Dynamite will be there to fire the starter’s pistol marking the beginning of Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas’s, annual celebration of zany fun and frivolity.


Save the Date for St. Paddy’s 2018!

First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 17, 2018!

Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade | Hot Springs National Park

First Ever Shortest St. Pat’s Toastmaster General!

Tim Herlihy, the Tullamore D.E.W. United States Ambassador, selected Hot Springs’ March 17 98-foot parade as the event he’ll attend this year.

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