First Ever 13th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade


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The First Ever Thirteenth Annual World’s Shortest

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Everybody is Irish in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas on March 17th!

Dust off your kelly green Cat-In-The-Hat costume and get ready to party with The Bacon Brothers on March 17, 2016, at the First Ever 13th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.  And in 2016, Gary Busey, the definition of ZANY will join us as the Official Starter of the parade!

The Bacon Brothers, Kevin & Michael Bacon, were named as the Celebrity Grand Marshal for the annual celebration of fun and zaniness. They will join a long list of celebrities who have led the 30,000 annual revelers along the 98 jumping feet of world-famous Bridge Street, named by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not as the world’s shortest street in everyday use. Previous Grand Marshals have included 2015’s Mark Martin and earlier Marshals such as Bo Derek and John Corbett (both of whom led the parade twice), Tim Matheson, Jim Belushi, George Wendt, Mario Lopez and others.

Parade participants have also included the world-renowned Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, the (in)Famous Texas Tortilla Queens, “Duck Dynasty’s” Mountain Man, and the San Diego Chicken.

In addition, the 2016 parade will feature such delights as The World’s Largest Leprechaun, a troupe of marching Irish Elvis impersonators; Irish belly dancers; dozens of floats and marching units; green marching Irish wolfhounds; loud music; free dancing in the street afterward, and some Irish bagpipers. Oh, and don’t forget the competition to see who can lay the best smooch on the Arkansas Blarney Stone in the Romancing The Stone contest, which offers cold cash for the best romancer.

There’s no serious competition for the level of zaniness that prevails in Hot Springs each March 17.

Meanwhile, get to practicing your Riverdance moves and picking out your Irish hat and costume.

Fun and hilarity await you in Hot Springs.


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