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The world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade
If you're looking for a unique and entertaining way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, look no further than Hot Springs, Arkansas. Every year, the city hosts the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade, which draws thousands of visitors from all over the world.
The Hot Springs parade is so short that it only covers 98 feet of Bridge Street, which is officially recognized by the Guinness World Records as the shortest parade in the world. But don't let its small size fool you – this parade is packed with fun, excitement, and Irish charm.
The parade features a colorful cast of characters, including marching bands, bagpipers, dancers, and even a troupe of Irish Elvis impersonators. But the real star of the show is the grand marshal, who is chosen each year based on their contributions to the community and their commitment to Irish heritage.
The festivities begin early in the day, with a 5k run and a pet parade, where dogs and other pets are dressed up in their finest St. Patrick's Day attire. As the day progresses, the streets start to fill up with spectators, who come to see the parade and enjoy the other festivities in town.
One of the highlights of the day is the annual "World's Largest Blarney Stone Kiss," where visitors can line up to kiss a giant replica of the famous stone from Ireland. There's also a green fireworks display and a pub crawl, where participants can sample some of the city's best Irish beer and whiskey.
But it's the parade itself that really steals the show. As the floats and performers make their way down Bridge Street, the crowds cheer and wave, creating a lively and festive atmosphere. The whole event is a celebration of Irish culture and heritage, and it's easy to see why it's become such a beloved tradition in Hot Springs.
So if you're looking for a St. Patrick's Day celebration that's a little bit different, consider making the trip to Hot Springs for the world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade. With its festive atmosphere, charming small-town vibe, and unique Guinness World Record status, it's a celebration that you won't soon forget.
Be sure to cap off all the fun with stay at Starlight Haven Hot Springs!
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