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Who will be the Grand Marshal of the Worlds Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2019? Ralph Maccio will be the Grand Marshal of the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “Ralph Macchio remains a huge star in Hollywood, with his current ‘Cobra Kai’ TV series on Sony Pictures Television, and he will delight fans from three generations as our celebrity grand marshal,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the founders of the now-famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “He continues our unbroken string of popular grand marshals as our little parade continues to generate interest in Hot Springs as a place where exciting things are always happening.”

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Ellen DeGeneres’ favorite DJ and “So You Think You Can Dance” star, was announced in August as the 2019 parade’s official starter.

Live music on the Bridge Street include performances by Smashmouth on Saturday, March 16th and Three Dog Night on Sunday, March 17th. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade®, which began in 2003, annually attracts upwards of 30,000 people to the city’s historic downtown district. The parade annually attracts huge throngs to watch an insanely zany collection of marchers, strutters, dancers, waddlers and floats that cover the 98-foot length of Bridge Street in the heart of downtown Hot Springs.

The First Ever 16th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is now accepting applications for the parade. Only 40 entries will be allowed to march in the parade, so dream up and design your entry and remember, the most wild, most colorful and imaginative floats always make it to the top of the parade entry pile. Spots always fill up fast so get your ideas in today!

For more detailed information please visit or call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027