Irish Central Names Hot Springs #8 Among Top 10 Spots to Celebrate!

Worlds Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade - Hot Springs, AR

Hot Springs Named No. 8 Among Top 10 Spots in the World To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by Irish Central!


Hot Springs has been named No. 8 among the Top 10 Spots in the World to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by Irish Central, the world’s most authoritative Irish media hub.

In an entry published Thursday, Irish Central listed Hot Springs among such acclaimed places as Dublin, Ireland; New York City; Chicago, and Boston.

“What an honor for our city to be among such famous company as those cities,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the creators of The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The First Ever 14th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on world-famous 98-foot-long Bridge Street in downtown Hot Springs on March 17.

Of Hot Springs’ parade, Irish Central said: “Nicknamed the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, this celebration is truly one of a kind, with Irish belly dancers and the Irish Order of Elvis Impersonators. After experiencing this quirky parade, visitors relax at the Arlington Resort in historic downtown.” A photo of the Arlington accompanies the article.

Irish Central is the leading Irish digital media company in North America, providing political, current affairs, entertainment, and historical commentary to the Irish throughout the world.

The business caters to 34 million Irish Americans and 70 million Irish diaspora and receives 3.5 million unique visitors per month.  It has a large and quickly growing social media following, including 500,000 Facebook followers, 33,000 Twitter followers, and 13,000 followers on Instagram.  The website also enjoys a newsletter subscriber base of 250,000.

This year’s World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature TV star Alfonso Ribeiro as the celebrity grand marshal and wrestling legend Ric Flair as the official starter. Musician Uncle Kracker will perform a free concert immediately after the parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Six black-and-white Clydesdale horses representing Express Employment Professionals are the most recent addition to this year’s parade.

The parade, which began in 2003, 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 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.