Saturday, March 2, 2013

98 Foot St. Patrick's Day Parade Attracts 30,000 people

The First Ever Tenth Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held in Hot Springs, AR, on Sunday, March 17.  While the name is nearly longer than the 98-foot parade route, this Hot Springs tradition is one you don't want to miss!  Held on Bridge Street, which is the "World's Shortest Street in Everyday Use", this little parade attracts 30,000 people each year.


The 2013 version will welcome back two fan-favorite grand marshals:  Bo Derek and John Corbett.  Corbett and his band will also perform a free concert at the end of the parade.  Other notable entrants this year will be the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, Irish Elvis impersonators and the Taco Mama bull.  The festivities begin at 4:30 pm with the Blarney Stone Kissing Contest.  After everyone has "puckered up", the official measuring of the parade route will commence at 6:25pm, and the parade begins at 6:30pm.  Be sure to arrive early to get the best viewing position!

This tiny parade has earned such notable accolades as The Discovery Channel's #1 Crazy St. Patrick's Day Events Worldwide; #1 Off the Beaten Path Parades by Irish Echo; and The Quirkiest St. Patrick's Day Parade on Earth by Smithsonian Magazine, among many others.  One travel hint:  if this is your first visit to Hot Springs, we at Tiffany's Bed and Breakfast suggest you make this a three day weekend so you won't miss the  many other quirky and unusual things to do in our area! 

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