March 17: World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

 

Zoie Clift
travelarkansas@gmail.com
 
Hot Springs is the scene of the World’s Shortest St.
Patrick’s Day Parade-which is this Thursday ( March 17)! The event has been
harnessing a lot of press since it was created eight years ago.Today, the parade was featured on CNN as
one of three showcased “Quirky St.Patrick’s Day destinations.”  I am including the article below by CNN
journalist A. Pawlowski.  For more
details on the event, check out
www.shorteststpats.com. Hope to see you there!

This may
be the only place on the planet where a “Sex and the City” star can
mingle with Irish-themed Elvis impersonators while the crowd goes wild for a
motorized commode.
 
Welcome to the First Ever Eighth Annual World’s
Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (No, that’s not a misprint — just like
every year, this parade gets a “first ever” moniker, because
technically there’s never been an eighth version of the celebration before.) The merriment takes place around Bridge Street, a
98-foot thoroughfare that was once declared as “the world’s shortest
street in everyday use” by Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
A couple of other St. Patrick’s Day parades have tried
to pass themselves off as the world’s shortest, but Hot Springs officials have
dismissed them as simply people marching from one side of a bar to another.
The parade boasts zany floats, Irish belly dancers and
the “toilet scooter” among other attractions.
“It’s a very high-class parade,” joked Steve
Arrison, one of the organizers. “People have just gotten caught up in it
and it’s grown much quicker than we ever could have imagined.”
 
About 30,000 people are expected to come this year.
The crowds were modest at first, but attendance really took off when actor
George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”) was named the grand marshal the
second year the parade was held. The event has since attracted celebrity grand
marshals including Mario Lopez, Bo Derek and John Ratzenberger, Arrison said.
Actor John Corbett — best known to many fans for his
role as Aidan in “Sex and the City” — will be doing the honors this
year.
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