Nascar's Mark Martin Named Grand Marshal of World's Shortest St. Patrick's Parade


Nascar's Mark Martin Named Grand Marshal of World's Shortest St. Patrick's Parade
Mark Martin, a Batesville native and NASCAR legend, will serve as grand marshal of the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade in Hot Springs.

Batesville native and Nascar driver Mark Martin will lead the World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 in Hot Springs as the celebrity grand marshal.

The 40-time Nascar winner will cover the 98-foot trek in a convertible, and be joined by country music duo The Swon Brothers and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

"We have wanted to have Mark Martin, one of Arkansas' most beloved citizens, be our celebrity grand marshal for a long time," Steve Arisen, CEO of Visit Hot Springs, said in a news release. "We lucked out this year and found him with some time available to be our guest."

Past grand marshals include John Corbett, Tim Matheson, John Ratzenberger, Mario Lopez and George Wendt.

The parade has been a huge draw for Hot Springs since its inception in 2003. Each year, about 30,000 people flock to downtown Hot Springs for 90 seconds of fun. The parade usually includes 40 marching unites, floats, dancers, singers and the International Order of the Marching Irish Elvi.

The Swon Brothers, known for their single "Later On," will perform a free concert after the parade. For more information, click here.