The 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17 is always a zany, hilarious blast! Come see the Alfonso Ribiero (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dancing With the Stars, plus America’s Funniest Videos) as Grand Marshall! This parade is wild proof that Hot Springs does not take itself too seriously.
In addition to Alfonso, you’ll see the world-renowned Clydesdales sponsored by Express Employment Professionals as a new addition to the parade. Of course, returning are the Irish Elvis impersonators, green Irish wolfhounds, marching units such as Paddy O’Furniture, Irish belly dancers and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said: “The Clydesdales will be pulling a beautiful custom-designed stagecoach, which will make their participation that much more thrilling for the 30,000 parade-goers. These magnificent animals will be a wonderful addition to what is already recognized as one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the world.”
The Clydesdales are most famous for escorting William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their recent visit to North America. These Clydesdales are a rare black and white color and stand 17 to 18 hands high weighing more than 2,000 pounds. While this breed usually varies in different shades of bay, chestnut and black, only 10 percent of the Clydesdale population in North America is black and white.
So, if you love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and you love Clydesdales, I guarantee you’ll love coming to our very famous and wacky parade. We’d love to have you celebrate with us at the Inn. Our beautiful rooms, most with balconies or patios, offer a beautiful view of Lake Hamilton. Each morning we prepare a gourmet breakfast including our own signature coffee, which we also sell in the gift shop. Each room is individually appointed, incredibly comfortable, restful and quiet.
Make reservations online early because we will have lots of extra guests in town for St. Patrick’s Day or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you plan a very Irish getaway!