HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - The Spa City is gearing up for its First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown on Friday afternoon.
This year’s event on Bridge Street will feature TV star Alfonso Ribeiro (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos”) as the celebrity grand marshal and wrestling legend Ric Flair as the official starter. Musician Uncle Kracker will perform a free concert immediately after the parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tim Herlihy, the Tullamore D.E.W. United States Ambassador, will deliver an “Official Parade Toast” and also serve as toastmaster at other events surrounding the zany Hot Springs parade.
“Tim Herlihy is known all over the world as the man who can come up with a great toast for every occasion,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the creators of the internationally acclaimed little parade. “He’s sought everywhere as the greatest toastmaster for any St. Patrick’s Day event. And this year he elected to come to Hot Springs to help us celebrate.”
Six black-and-white Clydesdale horses representing Express Employment Professionals will also be part of the parade, along with one dozen Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
3 p.m. - Tullamore DEW Irish Pop Up Pub Opens – on the front lawn of the Hot Springs Convention Center
4:30 p.m. - Blarney Stone Kissing Contest – Arkansas Blarney Stone
5:30 p.m. - Festivities Kick off with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and other special guests on Bridge Street
6:25 p.m. - Official measuring of the parade route
6:30 p.m. - World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade
7:30 p.m. - FREE post parade concert by Uncle Kracker
8:30 p.m. - FREE live performance by SAD DADDY at the Tullamore DEW Irish Pop Up Pub
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