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First Ever 16th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade Open for Entries to Join Titanic Tater

Published: 1/7/2019

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Entries are now being accepted for the First Ever 16th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade® on Sunday, March 17, in downtown Hot Springs. 

Entries will join the world’s largest potato — a four-ton tuber on a 72-foot trailer — for the world-famous 98-foot parade on Bridge Street, the shortest street in the world in everyday use. 

Only 40 parade entries are accepted each year, so people who plan to march, dance, strut, roller-skate, crawl, ride a funny vehicle, build a float, sing, walk backwards, show off a green dog or otherwise participate in this world-famous celebration are urged to contact Leysa Lowery at Visit Hot Springs as soon as possible.

Participants are asked to submit an official entry form to Lowery at the Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs National Park, AR  71901, by the entry deadline of March 1. All entries must be approved by the official parade committee. 

“We have limited the number of entries for several years because of the logistics of the event,” Lowery said. “So anyone who is thinking about participating in this fun event is urged to get on the ball and contact me.” 

Lowery can be reached at 501-321-2027 or by visiting the Visit Hot Springs offices in the Hot Springs Convention Center. 

Participation will be closed once the 40-unit limit is reached. 

“You can get the entry form by going to www.shorteststpats.com ,“ Lowery said. 

This year’s First Ever 16th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade®, will feature Ralph (The Karate Kid) Macchio as the celebrity grand marshal and Ellen DeGeneres’ favorite DJ and dancer, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, as the official starter.

The parade begins at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a free public concert by Smash Mouth on Saturday night, March 16, at the Broadway Entertainment District stage. On Sunday night, March 17, immediately following the parade, there will be another free public concert at the same location by Three Dog Night.

This will mark the second year in a row that two free concerts have been held in conjunction with the internationally known parade, which annually attracts 30,000 celebrating fans to the downtown historic district. 

No chairs will be permitted at either concert, according to Arrison.

The free 8 p.m. concert on Saturday, March 16, featuring Smash Mouth will climax a day of festivities that will start at 3 p.m. with the day’s opening of O’Kelley’s World’s Largest Inflatable Pop Up Pub adjacent to Bridge Street. Music will start at 7 p.m., with the Smash Mouth performance beginning at 8.

The parade, which began in 2003, annually attracts crowds of upwards of 30,000 people to watch an insanely zany collection of Irish Elvis impersonators, green Irish wolfhounds, marching units such as Paddy O’Furniture, Irish belly dancers and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as other unique units cover the 98-foot length of Bridge Street in the heart of downtown Hot Springs.

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