Budweiser Clydesdales to make appearance at World's Shortest Parade in Hot Springs

After years of trying, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance at the parade in Hot Springs on March 17. (MGN)

This year, the 15th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade has landed a special guest for the first time ever.

After years of trying, the president of Arkansas Beverage Sales, Jay Castillo, successfully got the famous Budweiser Clydesdales signed up to make an appearance at the parade in Hot Springs on March 17.

Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs and one of the founders of the parade was excited about the addition to this year's parade.

“We have had almost constant contact over the years with the Anheuser-Busch folks who manage the Clydesdales in an effort to get them to take part in our parade. This year, Jay Castillo, president of Arkansas Beverage Sales, Inc., here in Hot Springs, was successful in getting the big beautiful horses signed up for our 98-foot extravaganza. We couldn’t be more pleased. The Budweiser Clydesdales will bring a new level of excitement and attention to Hot Springs because of their worldwide fame.”

The team of 8 horses will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon for the 98-foot trip down Bridge Street, which is the worlds' shortest street in everyday use when the parade begins.

In addition to the Clydesdale horses, Joey Fatone of NSYNC will serve as the celebrity grand marshal and Jon Heder of "Napoleon Dynamite" will be the parade's official starter.

The Mountain Pine High School Red Devil Marching Band will also have the honor of being the first certified marching band in the parade since the parade was first held in 2003.

The parade will begin at 7:30 this year, an hour later than past years, in order to give Oaklwan racing fans time to watch the Rebel Stakes at the track and make it back downtown for the parade.

The night before the parade, Friday, March 16, music legends Grand Funk Railroad and Adam Faucett will also provide a free public concert.

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