1. Catch a parade
You may have missed out on Little Rock’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade last weekend, but you can still head to Hot Springs to get your green on. Hot Springs will hold its annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Thursday afternoon. This parade is known nationwide and takes place on Bridge Street. The 98-foot long street was designed by Ripley’s Believe It or Not and is known for being the World’s Shortest Street in Everyday Use. Kevin Bacon, accompanied by his brother Michael, will be the grand marshal this year and Gary Busey will also be a special guest. Don’t forget to kiss the Arkansas Blarney Stone while you’re there. (Yes, that’s a real thing.)
2. Drink like the Irish
If you’re interested in celebrating with a cold beer on this holiday, many of the Irish pubs in downtown Little Rock will be celebrating with Irish music, bar specials and dancing events. Most pubs will also be serving corned beef and cabbage, a traditional Irish dish. For a list of Irish pubs, offers and events, go here.
3. Check out a cheesemaker
This St. Patrick’s Day, don’t drink on an empty stomach. Keep things local with Arkansas-made cheese and beer. Head to Kent Walker Artisan Cheese in Little Rock at 5 p.m. on Thursday for a St. Patrick’s Day-themed cheese and beer tasting. Space is limited, so you’ll need to email [email protected] to reserve a ticket. A single ticket is $40.00, but you can save a few bucks if you go with a couple of friends. This event is one of KWAC’s monthly cheese tastings, so if you can’t go this week, you can try again in April.
4. Go for the Guinness
If none of the other options interest you, consider staying home alone and pretending to be Irish. Dress yourself in all green, follow a rainbow to the end of your yard and pluck a four-leaf clover. Afterward, consider dancing to some bagpipes and settling down with a cold, lonely pint of Guinness.
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