HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — (Eds. note: The video attached is from the 2022 parade.)
Arkansas native and country superstar Justin Moore will be the celebrity grand marshal for the First Ever 20th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs.
Moore will join actor Chris McDonald, who will be the one firing the starter's pistol.
“All of us here in Hot Springs consider Justin almost a hometown boy since his hometown of Poyen is only a couple of miles down the road on Highway 270,” Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison said. “He’ll be a great grand marshal as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of our huge little parade.”
Musical acts at the 2023 parade include the iconic Village People and The Molly Ringwalds, an 80s tribute band.
Organizers of the parade have boasted that it is the world's shortest parade since its inception in 2003.
"Hard to believe it was 20 years ago when a bunch of us were sharing a beer at Spencer’s Corner and wondering how to take advantage of the fact that Bridge Street — right outside the door — is recognized as the shortest street in the world in everyday use," Arrison said. "It dawned on me that we could have a 98-foot parade and bill it as the world’s shortest."
The annual parade attracts roughly 30,000 people to watch the fun parade that emulates a mix between Mardi Gras and Arkansas's own unique style.