Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas is going green for one day. Well, not in the green that you might think, but green nonetheless. Every year Hot Springs, Arkansas has a celebration in lieu of Saint Patrick's Day and anyone who's anyone shows up in green.
The Saint Patrick's Day celebration that happens in Hot Springs is one for the record books though. It is the biggest/shortest celebration in all the world. That's right, the entire world! The Saint Patrick's Day parade that happens each year, is the shortest parade on March 17 across the world and has earned the name "The World's Shortest Saint Patrick's Day Parade." They even have a mascot to help kick things off named, "World's Largest."
The parade takes place on Bridge Street right in the heart of downtown Hot Springs. Tucked between Central Avenue and Broadway Street, Bridge Street is among the many streets in downtown Hot Springs that have history behind them. Not only is Bridge Street the world's shortest street used daily, it also is the world's shortest street with a stop light at the end; Measuring in at just 98-feet long.
Downtown Hot Springs was once a refuge for many people such as Al Capone, Frank Costello, and many other gangsters during the era of gambling. There was also rumors of Al Capone having used the hot baths from Bath House Row to relax during his vacation time in Hot Springs. Among the gangsters that have used Hot Springs as their get away from crime, Cap Anson also loved to play in Hot Springs and brought his Chicago White Stockings (now the Cubs) to play in the "Spa City" during the off season.
Like the Saint Patrick's Day Parades before this year, there have been many celebrities that have led the parade down historic Bridge Street. This year marks 11 years for this green celebration and the parade will be led by the talented TV and movie star Jim Belushi and Mountain Man from the “Duck Dynasty” show as the official parade starter.
And if the parade wasn't enough, The Saint Patrick's Day Celebration in downtown Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas finishes the evening with a green fireworks display each year. These fireworks are to mark the close of yet another wonderful celebration of Saint Patrick's Day and the location of the "World's Shortest Saint Patrick's Day Parade."