HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Texas country music star Pat Green will perform a free public concert on Saturday, March 16, to kick off a weekend of big fun for the First Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Hot Springs.
“Pat’s had more recognizable hits than you can shake a stick at, and he will be a great start to St. Pat’s weekend,” Visit Hot Springs CEO and parade founder Steve Arrison said. “St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday next year, so we decided to open the weekend on Saturday with a free concert on Bridge Street.”
Green is the second celebrity to be announced for the parade. “Yellowstone” star Forrie J. Smith — who plays fan favorite Lloyd Pierce — will be the official starter on Sunday for the parade on 98-foot Bridge Street.
Green, a three-time Grammy nominee, has sold more than 2 million albums and has had more than 200 million online streams of his songs. Fifteen of his singles have charted on the Billboard charts, and he has produced 11 studio albums. People magazine dubbed him “the Springsteen of the Southwest.”
His new album, the first in seven years, is “Miles and Miles of You.” His signature album, “Wave on Wave,” produced the chart-topping title hit. Other Pat Green hits have included “Three Days,” “Girls From Texas,” “Carry On,” “Texas on My Mind,” “Drinkin’ Days,” “Songs About Texas,” and “Dixie Lullaby.”
The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade annually attracts more than 30,000 fans from across the country to Bridge Street, which Ripley’s Believe It or Not declared the World’s Shortest Street in Everyday Use. It features an array of 40 or more zany entries that include a troupe of marching Irish Elvis Presley impersonators, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, marching Irish wolfhounds, wacky floats, marching bands and assorted marchers who adopt the parade’s irreverent take on the boisterous holiday.
For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.