Mountain Pine to be Shortest St. Patrick's Day parade's first marching band

The World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs announce that Mountain Pine's marching band would be the parade's first this year.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - For the first time since it started 15 years ago, the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade will include a marching band.

The parade covers 98 feet along Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs. The Mountain Pine High School band director, Chris Johns, said it is an honor to have the first band in the parade.

The March 17 parade takes 40 entries each year. So far, it has 27 for this year's festivities.

Jon Heder of "Napoleon Dynamite" is the official starter and Joey Fatone of N*SYNC is reportedly this year's celebrity grand marshal.

This year's parade will start at 7:30 p.m. an hour later than usual to allow time for Oaklawn Park patrons to attend after that day's Rebel Stakes.

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