Flamboyant musical star Morris Day and his band, The Time, will provide the post-parade free entertainment on March 17, 2018, immediately following the First Ever 15th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs.  Day, a Minneapolis schoolmate of musical legend Prince, takes funkiness to new levels.

“He’ll be the perfect topping for the zany vibe that our little parade brings to our guests,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the creators of the annual celebration of wackiness.

Born in Minneapolis, Day had a flair for fashion. Inspired by photographs of his grandfather in zoot suits, a true fashionista was formed! Day went to school  with Prince Rogers Nelson and sang in Prince's first band, Grand Central. Prince grew as an artist and so did the opportunity around him. The Time was originally created as Prince's alter ego to be seen as the cool, streetwise funk band contrasting Prince's more soulful R&B sound.

After looking  at several lead vocalists, Prince wanted someone with mad talent so he  cast his high school friend, Day, in that role. Soon after, Morris Day and The Time were cast in Prince’s movie, “Purple Rain,” which captured the  exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak. 

Day soon burst onto the public scene with the group’s self-titled album, “The Time,” which included “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” Soon after the world was introduced to the prolific Minneapolis music marvel, the group went on to record three more albums, including “What Time Is It?” (featuring the   hits “777-9311,” “Wild and Loose,” “Walk,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”)  and “Ice Cream Castle,” (which included the hit “Jungle Love”). After three  albums Day launched his solo career, releasing three albums: “The  Color of Success,”  “Daydreaming,” and “Guaranteed.” Combined sales of Day’s solo work and “The Time” exceed 10 million units.

The 2018 parade will begin at 7:30 p.m., an hour later than in previous years. It is starting later because of the running of The Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Arrison said. “The later start will allow Oaklawn fans plenty of time to enjoy the live racing and get downtown for the start of the parade,” he said.

The parade annually attracts crowds of upwards of 30,000 people to watch an insanely zany collection of Irish Elvis impersonators, green Irish wolfhounds, marching units such as Paddy O’Furniture, Irish belly dancers and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, as well as bands and other unique units that cover the 98-foot length of Bridge Street in the heart of downtown Hot Springs.

For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.