Today’s festivities surrounding the 1st 20th annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade are just the starting of two days of exciting, as much more 20th anniversary activities are planned to coincide with the parade that falls on Friday, according to Take a look at Hot Springs.

“We in fact have two days of absolutely free exciting events lined up,” Take a look at Hot Springs CEO Steve Arison mentioned in a news release. “We want everybody to have a excellent time in Hot Springs and we think we have ready lots of activities to guarantee that.”

The city also released an updated schedule of parade-associated road closures for now and Saturday.

Parade events include things like the following:


15:00 — Bridge Street Reside! The Entertainment District opens.

four:00 p.m. — Arkansas Blarney Stone Kissing Contest on Convention Boulevard outdoors the Hot Springs Convention Center, with a $one hundred money prize for the “most romantic rocker.”

17:00 — Ceremonies ahead of the Parade.

six:25 p.m. — Official measurement of the 98-foot parade route on Bridge Street.

six:30 p.m. — The 20th annual parade starts with the firing of a beginning gun by official parade starter Christopher McDonald, the actor who played Shooter McGavin in “Content Gilmore.”

20:00 — No cost concert by the Molly Ringwalds tribute band on the Bridge Street Stage.


three:00 PM — Packet pickup starts for the World’s Second Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Run on Bridge Street.

17:00 — Bridge Street Reside! The Entertainment District opens.

five p.m. — The Zero-K Race starts on Bridge Street.

20:00 — No cost public concert by the iconic Village Folks on the Bridge Street Stage.

“A excellent time is assured for everybody,” mentioned Arrison, “but we have a handful of guidelines for everybody to comply with: No lawn chairs are permitted on the parade route no refrigerator and no pets. Otherwise, fans can break out the jams and delight in a single of the greatest small shows in the planet in Hot Springs this weekend.”

Numerous streets will be closed now for the 20th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Saturday for a concert in the Bridget Street Entertainment District.

City of Hot Springs Intracity Transit fixed routes and paratransit bus routes will finish now at 6pm for the parade.

Bridge Street closed at 9pm on Thursday and will reopen at midnight on Saturday.

Malvern Avenue, amongst Spring Street and Convention Boulevard, was closed at 7 a.m. now and will reopen at midnight Saturday.

According to the city of Hot Springs, other closures include things like the following:


7 a.m. to eight p.m. — Hot Springs Farm and Artisan Market place Transportation and Parking Depot.

15:00 to 23:59 — Convention Boulevard, amongst Opera Street and Malvern Avenue, and Malvern Avenue, amongst Church Street and Convention Boulevard.

six-eight:30 p.m. — Central Avenue, amongst Grand Avenue and Spring Street.


16:00 to 23:59 — Convention Boulevard, amongst Opera Street and Malvern Avenue, and Malvern Avenue, amongst Church Street and Convention Boulevard.

All streets will reopen at midnight Saturday, according to a city news release.

Detour indicators and barricades will be in location and motorists are asked to use an option route when traveling in the parade region.

Annual “Order of the Parade”

The final line-up for the 20th annual parade, which will take location on March 17 on Bridge Street, contains:

Hot Springs Fire Division — Ladder Truck.

Official starter of the parade – actor Christopher McDonald.

Alliance Rubber Corporation — A journey to go green.

Paddi Wagon — Spa City St. Paddy Wagon.

Mountain Pine Pride of the Red Devils Marching Band.

Chamber of Commerce — Shake your Shamrocks!

“PAW Patrol” characters with FLV fishing legend Charlie Evans.

Garvan Woodland Gardens — Dinky O’ Smartie, the world’s shortest car or truck.

Rusty Nail Line Dancer — Content to be a Line Dancer.

LakePointe City Church — Fortunate Charms.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade King John Homer Wright and Queen Minnie Lennox.

Cousin O’Eddie.

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Theta Pi — Get green in modest town USA.

Grand Marshal – Nation music star Justin Moore.

The Traveling Sisters — Homegrown Nation.

Kangoo Club Hot Springs.

Pocket Theater — Green Eggs and Hamlet.

Oaklawn Jockey Club — Oaklawn St. Patrick’s Day Float.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

Hurst Concrete — The Fortunate Leprechauns.

Hillestad rock band on a float: Let the road rise to meet you.

Betty’s Huge Nation Dance Hall — Betty’s Huge Pot of Gold Dancers.

Gates Family members Entertainment — Laugardagr for the crew.

Springfield, Missouri, Central Higher College Kiltie Drum and Bugle Corps.

Boogies Bar & Grill — The Late Evening Leprechauns.

Riser Ford — Globe Tub Racing Championships.

International Order of Irish Elvis (Hot Springs Chapter) — Elvis’ Smorgasbord.

Lakeside Stroll-In Clinic/Alia’s Vanity Space — KISS ME … it really is Filler.

Splash Vine Bar & Plenti Mystic Unveiled Dance Troup — Keep Calm Irish Dancers Gone Wild.

Idaho’s biggest potato on wheels.

The parade route is measured at the commence of the 1st ever 19th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2022 – The Sentinel-Record file photo

By Editor