Joey Fatone to get “NSYNC” with Hot Springs on March 17, 2018 as the official Grand Marshal of the Worlds Shortest St Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade 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 on 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. Now we will add the charismatic singer/actor Joey Fatone to the illustrious list of Grand Marshal’s.


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.


Visit Hot Springs will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Worlds Shortest St Patrick's Day Parade with a Grand Funk Railroad concert the day before the parade. Bridge Street will be rocking with "The American Band" whose hits include "Locomotion", "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "We're An American Band." The free Grand Funk Railroad concert will take place on Friday, March 16th - St Paddy's Eve at the top of Bridge Street in beautiful, historic Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.


Morris Day and the Time | Hot Springs National Park, AR

Flamboyant musical star Morris Day and his band, The Time, will provide the post-parade free entertainment on March 17, 2018, immediately following the First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs.

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Katie Sunshine to Hoop on Bridge

Katie Sunshine will entertain the St Pat’s Parade goers during the pre-parade festivities!

The Budweiser Clydesdales

Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade® Lands the Budweiser Clydesdales

After years of trying to get them, the First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade® has landed the famous Budweiser Clydesdales for this year’s March 17 event.

Small Band. Big Sound.

For the first time ever, there will be a genuine marching band in the First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade® on March 17 in downtown Hot Springs.

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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 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2018, on the World’s Shortest Street in beautiful Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. Look for *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone, Jon Heder aka Napoleon Dynamite and musical guests, Morris Day & The Time!!

Past participants have included the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders — of course — the (in)Famous Texas Tortilla Queens, Ric Flair, Alfonso Ribeiro, “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, a marching band, a team of roller derby girls and dozens of floats and marching units; loud music, and some Irish bagpipers.

So get ready to join 30,063 fellow revelers in Hot Springs on March 17, 2018 for parade.