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20 Things to Know Before You Go to the First-Ever 20th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

20 Things to Know Before You Go to the First-Ever 20th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade

It's our party, and we'll have our cake and eat it too! We're celebrating 20 years of 98 feet, and we want YOU to join us in blowing out the candles. Join us on March 17, and check out our list of everything you need to know before you go to the 20th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs, Arkansas! 

The World's Largest Leprechaun

Have you ever seen a large leprechaun? Well, if you haven't, we have the World's Largest at our 98-foot parade!

The World's Largest Potato

Potato, Patato - however you say it, one thing's for sure, this is the World's Largest weighing in at 4 spud-tastic tons!
28 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 11.5 feet tall.

Village People on March 18

Macho Macho Man! Get ready to do the YMCA with iconic disco legends, Village People on March 18 at 8:00pm! FREE!

Molly Ringwalds on March 17

Jam to hits from the 80's with The Molly Ringwalds after the parade at 8:00pm! FREE!

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are BACK! Catch their pre-parade performance on Bridge Street at 5:00PM, and if that's not enough, you can catch them during the parade too!

Justin Moore

We're lookin' for a reason to raise one, and we found it! Raise a green beer to country music star Justin Moore, our official Parade Grand Marshal! We're so glad Justin Moore could take a break from rocking the stage to be our Parade Grand Marshal!

Christopher McDonald

You may know him as the nefarious Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore. Christopher McDonald is ready to start things up as our Official Parade Starter!

PAW Patrol

PAW Patrol is on a roll! Don't miss Skye and Marshall riding in Professional Fisherman Charlie Evan’s fishing boat.

King Homer

Be sure to wear your green, or prepare to be judged! Our Parade King is retired Circuit Judge John Homer Wright, and he's ready for his royalty spotlight!

Queen Minnie

Our Parade Queen Minnie Lenox has spent the last 18 years as the human resources director for the City of Hot Springs, and on March 17 she's marching all 98 feet!

Blarney Stone Kissing Contest

The most romanced rock in Hot Springs, pucker up for the Blarney Stone Kissing Contest on March 17 at 4:00PM.
Best romancer wins $100!

O Kelly's Pub

The World's Largest Inflatable Irish Pub has something to wet your whistle, located at the corner of Convention and Malvern Avenue.


Slow and steady or right out the gate, the Zero-K is a 99-foot race full of FUN! Enjoy this super short race on day 2 of our St. Pat's celebration on March 18 before a performance by Village People.

Irish Elvi

The Irish Elvi will be rockin' Bridge Street in their green suede shoes!

40+ Floats

From the Spa City St. Paddy Wagon, to the Rusty Nail Line Dancers, we've got 40+ floats you won't want to miss.

Wee Bounce Around Inflatable Bounce House

Leapin little leprechauns can catch some air at the Wee Bounce Around, located near Spring and Malvern Avenue.

The Central High School Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps.

This group knows how to march! The oldest, all-female, uniformed, Scottish Drum and Bugle Corps in the nation will be joining our super short parade! Let's go Kilties!

Green Beer

One of the most popular libations on St. Paddy's Day, but GREEN of course! Find all the green beer on and around Bridge Street.

Parade Beads

Each special guest will have personalized beads to throw with unique shapes, colors, and sizes! Collect them all!

Official Measuring of 98 foot Bridge Street

It's a tradition, the measuring of our historic 98-foot street will begin at 6:25pm.

Event Map


Friday, March 17

3:00 PM - Bridge St. LIVE! Entertainment District Opens
4:00 PM - Blarney Stone $100 KISSING CONTEST
5:00 PM - Pre-Parade Festivities
6:25 PM - OFFICIAL MEASURING of Bridge Street Parade Route
6:30 PM - 20th Annual Parade Begins
8:00 PM - The Molly Ringwalds FREE Concert

Saturday, March 18

3:00 PM - Zero-K Packet Pick Up on Bridge Street
5:00 PM - Bridge St. LIVE! Entertainment District Opens
5:00 PM - Zero-K race begins on Bridge Street
8:00 PM - Village People FREE Concert

Be sure to share your parade photos for a chance to be featured! #shorteststpats

Check out the First Ever 20th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade Mini-Magazine!

Featured Listings

Copper Penny Pub

501-622-2570 | 711 Central Avenue 71901

Brick House Grill

501-321-2926 | 801 Central Avenue, Suite 24 71901

The Vault

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