Place to be March 17: Hot Springs

Zoie Clift
Mark March 17 on the
calendar as a good time to be in Hot Springs.

The annual World’s Shortest
St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held on 98-foot long Bridge Street on this day in
downtown each year. The popular parade has a loyal following and made the
American Bus Association’s Top 100 Event list for 2011.

New to the lineup this year is a wreath-laying ceremony March 14 to honor John King, one of only 19
people to earn two Congressional Medals of Honor. King, who immigrated to
America from Ireland, died while at the Army and Navy Hospital in Hot Springs
in 1938 and is buried at Calvary Cemetery at the intersection of Greenwood and
Summer streets.

Planning is also underway
for a celebration on March 15 to honor an amazing feat accomplished by legendary baseball player Babe Ruth on St. Patrick’s Day in 1918 while he was
in spring training in the city. Details are being worked out and will be announced
soon.  The introduction of the
World’s Largest Leprechaun will also be unveiled this year.

This year’s Celebrity
Grand Marshal is John Corbett, star of television’s Northern Exposure and the
character Aidan from  Sex and the
. Also showcased on parade day are floats, marchers, Irish Wolfhounds,
dancers, a Pub-Crawl and the Irish Order of Elvi ( a group of Elvis

Every detail is available via the event’s new website at:

. The
site has photos from past parades, timelines, schedules, frequently asked
questions, entry forms for parade entries, and basically info on everything you
need to know about the event.  

For more information call
Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027. And for those wanting to enter a float, marchers
or other groups in the parade call Leysa Lowery at 501-321-2027. Hope to see
you there! 

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