HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — The first ever 16th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off Sunday, March 17.

But that's not all that's happening in Hot Springs this weekend. More than 30,000 people are expected to join in on the celebration and it all started Friday afternoon.

This year's weekend long celebration just kicked off with the Zero K.
This is the first year the insanely short run will benefit the Tri-Lakes CASA organization. 

Over 400 people signed up for this race, and with so many people already in town, local businesses are also expecting to see a big impact.

"It's packed," Austin Poag said. "Everyone is out and we have body to body in here and the streets are crowded. It's a good time!" 

Poag is a bartender at the Copper Penny Pub. This is the second year he will be working during St. Patrick's Day weekend and said he's expecting a huge turnout. 

"We hire on 10 to 15 extra people just to work in here," Poag said, "and then out there with the stands that we have going on and everything going on with St. Patty's Day." 

Bill Solleder is the director of marketing for Visit Hot Springs. He said since the city's celebration began 16 years ago, it gets bigger and better each year. 

"We pride ourselves in saying that 30,000 people come out every year and every year it jumps up by like 10 -- more so I think we are up to like 30,024," Solleder said.

The St. Patrick's Day celebration in Hot Springs is best known for the World's Shortest Parade, but this year organizers are adding another record breaking event. 

"We are actually trying to break the record for Zero K's which key west currently holds," Solleder said. "Theirs is 300-feet long. We'll measure the race later today and I think we will come out to 250-feet."

On Sunday, people will also be able to take a look at the world's largest potato! 

For a full list of events this weekend, click here