It has been announced that “Duck Dynasty’s” Mountain Man will be the official starter for the First Ever 11th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade next March 17 on Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs.
“We thought it would be a nice touch to have a guy be the official starter who talks so slowly that the parade could be over by the time he tells the crowd his name,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs via a news release. “Mountain Man fits the bill perfectly.”
The parade’s entire route is the 98-foot length of Bridge Street, known as the world’s shortest street in everyday use. Actor and comedian Jim Belushi will be the parade’s grand marshal. Past grand marshals for the parade have included Bo Derek, John Corbett, Mike Rowe and others.
According to the news release, Mountain Man’s real name has never been included in any of his “Duck Dynasty” episodes. He is the slow-talking air-conditioning repairman and radio host who is a neighbor to the Robertsons, the Louisiana family that made it big from their best-selling Duck Commander duck calls, and around which the show is based. Mountain Man is the only semi-regular cast member who is not a Robertson family member or employee of Duck Commander.
Duck Dynasty’s Season 4 premiere had 1.8 million viewers — the largest audience ever for a nonfiction cable series. It is cable’s top reality program this year, and the No. 2 original series overall.