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First Ever 21st Annual World's Shortest St. Patricks Day Parade | Hot Springs National Park Arkansas

First Ever 21st Annual World's Shortest St. Patricks Day Parade

Location: Bridge Street

Event Date: Sunday, March 17

The First Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 17, 2024 on the world’s shortest street in everyday operational use, Bridge Street! This parade may only be 98 feet long, but you better believe it’s filled with all the fun and Irish spirit!

 


Grand Marshal - Emmitt Smith

Emmitt Smith, the legendary Dallas Cowboys running back who is now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will serve as the celebrity grand marshal of the First Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17, in downtown Hot Springs!

In his 15 seasons as a running back in the National Football League, Smith amassed many records that still stand today, including most career rushing yards and most career rushing touchdowns. Smith’s impressive resume includes three Super Bowl championship rings, his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, and, most recently in 2019, his selection to the NFL 100 All-Time Team (a prestigious list honoring the best players of the NFL's first 100 years).

“Wow,” said Visit Hot Springs CEO and parade founder Steve Arrison. “We are beyond thrilled that Emmitt Smith will be our grand marshal. He is still fondly remembered by millions of fans as one of the greatest ever to play the game. I know 98-foot Bridge Street won't be able to contain all the fans who want to see this legend in person on March 17. But we have Central Avenue and Malvern Avenue before and after the parade route where fans will find plenty of room to cheer this sports icon.”

Emmitt Smith will join Yellowstone star Forrie J. Smith, Parade Starter, for the First Ever 21st Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade!


Parade Starter - Forrie J. Smith

Forrie J. Smith, the real cowboy who rode to fame as the beloved Lloyd Pierce in the insanely popular “Yellowstone” TV series, will be the official starter March 17, 2024, in the First Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs.

Visit Hot Springs CEO and parade founder Steve Arrison said. “Forrie is a real cowboy who plays a real cowboy, and he has ridden into the hearts of millions of ‘Yellowstone’ fans. He’ll be perfect for the 21st edition of our parade on 98-foot Bridge Street next March.”

Smith, born in Helena, Mont., is a veteran actor and stuntman who has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows. He is an actual cowboy who began riding at a young age and grew up on his grandparents’ Montana cattle ranch. Both his parents were ranchers and riders, and Smith began competing in rodeos at the age of 8. By age 11 he was riding rodeo bucking stock bareback. He spent much of his adulthood riding the rodeo circuit, competing primarily in bareback riding.

In “Yellowstone,” Smith plays head ranch hand Lloyd Pierce, the oldest ranch hand at the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch.

Off-camera, Smith has built a genuine friendship with series star Kevin Costner. “I respect and appreciate his work more now, after ‘Yellowstone,’ than I ever did before,” Smith has been quoted. In Yellowstone” flashbacks, a younger Lloyd Pierce is portrayed by Smith’s real son, Forrest Smith.


Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will join one of their biggest fans, Cowboys legend and Celebrity Grand Marshal Emmitt Smith, on March 17 for their NINTH appearance in the First Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade® in Hot Springs, Arkansas!

“We looked back at the history of our big little parade,” Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison said, “and the Cowboys Cheerleaders are a constant fan favorite ever since they became part of the parade in 2013. Some folks can’t recall when they weren’t part of our festivities.


FREE Concert - Pat Green

It's about to be EXTRA GREEN at the 21st Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade! Country Music Star Pat Green will perform a FREE public concert on Saturday, March 16, to kick off a weekend of big fun for the First Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs!

“Pat’s had more recognizable hits than you can shake a stick at, and he will be a great start to St. Pat's weekend,” Visit Hot Springs CEO and parade founder Steve Arrison said. “St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday next year, so we decided to open the weekend on Saturday with a free concert on Bridge Street.”

His new album, the first in seven years, is “Miles and Miles of You.” His signature album, “Wave on Wave,” produced the chart-topping title hit. Other Pat Green hits have included “Three Days,” “Girls From Texas,” “Carry On,” “Texas on My Mind,” “Drinkin’ Days,” “Songs About Texas,” and “Dixie Lullaby."


Performance by Bonnie Montgomery

Arkansas country/roots music star Bonnie Montgomery will kick off the evening of music on Saturday, March 16, opening for country music star Pat Green!

“We’re pleased to be able to add Bonnie Montgomery to the free concert,” Visit Hot Springs Marketing Director Bill Solleder said. “She’s established herself as one of the best in the country/roots genre, and she’ll be a perfect complement to country legend Pat Green’s performance on the Bridge Street Stage as the kickoff to Parade Weekend.” Bonnie Montgomery is a creative nomad, lauded as enthusiastically for her polished parlor songs as she is for her lawless country barnburners — or for the classical opera arias she penned at the piano.

Bonnie Montgomery was named the 2020 Entertainer of the Year with the Arkansas Country Music Awards, ACMA 2019 Americana/Roots Artist of the Year, the title of Outlaw Female at the 2016 Ameripolitan Awards and the titles of Best Americana Artist and Best Female Vocalist at the 2018 Arkansas Country Music Awards.


FREE Concert - The Molly Ringwalds

The Molly Ringwalds are making a career out of the music of the 1980s. A New Orleans band loved in Baton Rouge, the group specializes in the songs of such ’80s acts as Duran Duran, Boy George and Culture Club, Flock of Seagulls, David Bowie and Adam Ant.

Band members also perform in costumes and makeup inspired by the era when Prince, Michael Jackson and Madonna ruled radio and MTV launched stars.

It all started in late 1999 when singer, guitarist and synthesizer player Sir Devon Nooner and three other guys formed a band named after actress Molly Ringwald, star of the now classic John Hughes films “Sixteen Candles,” “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink.” Guitarist and singer “Platinum” Randi Wilde joined the band about six months later.

The group played ’80s music in the early 2000s even though the music was out of fashion at the time.


King - Michael "The Monster" Todd

Growing up in Arkansas in a time where debts were settled and strength was tested with armwrestling, Todd has collected 23 world titles and 36 national titles, placing him among the most reputable arm wrestlers of all time.

He was born and brought up in Hot Springs and says he feels fortunate to have grown up in a small town. "I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small town in America and had a lot of time to play outside and enjoy the Natural State of Arkansas," he said.


Queen - Joey Lauren Adams

Adams is a native of North Little Rock. Her career was jump started when she appeared opposite Ben Affleck in Kevin Smith’s movie, “Chasing Amy,” which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She has also appeared in Richard Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused,” “bio-Dome” and Smith’s “Mallrats.”

“My husband, Brian Vilim, and I moved to Hot Springs in 2022. We were shooting a film on St. Patty’s Day that year and sadly missed the parade,” she said. “My grandparents had a cabin on Lake Catherine and I spent lots of time in Hot Springs growing up. I’m an actress/writer/director. One of the highlights of my career was getting a plaque on the Arkansas Walk of Fame here in Hot Springs.”


Schedule

Saturday, March 16

3:00 PM - Bridge Street LIVE! Entertainment District Opens

4:00 PM - CASA's Zero-K Race begins

7:00 PM - FREE Performance by Bonnie Montgomery

8:00 PM - FREE Pat Green Concert

Sunday, March 17

3:00 PM - Bridge Street LIVE! Entertainment District Opens

4:00 PM - Blarney Stone $100 Kissing Contest

5:00 PM - Pre-Parade Festivities with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

6:25 PM - OFFICIAL Measuring of Bridge Street Parade Route

6:30 PM - First Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade Begins

8:00 PM - FREE Molly Ringwalds Concert



For more information on the First Ever 21st Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, visit shorteststpats.com, call 501-321-2277 or email ahampo@hotsprings.org.