The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Contents - El­iza Gaines Ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor

Saint Patrick’s has al­ways been one of my fa­vorite hol­i­days, partly be­cause it falls the day be­fore my (and my twin sis­ter’s) birth­day, but mostly be­cause it’s sim­ply a day filled with joy, silli­ness and fun. You don’t have to worry about buy­ing pre­sents for any­one, you can dress in funny out­fits with­out judg­ment, and it gives you an ex­cuse to pinch your sib­lings when they for­get to wear green (OK, that was the ten-year-old me).

St. Patrick’s is es­pe­cially a fun day in Hot Springs. The quirky “World’s Short­est St. Patrick’s Day Pa­rade” is in its eleventh year, and shows no sign of los­ing pop­u­lar­ity. On March 17, pa­rade-go­ers can en­joy fa­mous faces like Jim Belushi and Duck Dy­nasty’s Moun­tain Man, along with tra­di­tions such as the Blar­ney Stone kiss­ing con­test and post-pa­rade con­cert. The pa­rade is sure to be a great way to kick-off the spring sea­son.

Speak­ing of sun­nier days and warmer weather, check out our story on the tra­di­tion of derby hats. Both func­tional and dec­o­ra­tive, these hats are al­most as fun to see as the horses.

This month we are also spot­light­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion that fo­cuses on some­thing im­por­tant in all com­mu­ni­ties. RE­GARD (Rec­og­niz­ing Ev­ery­one’s Gifts And Re­spect­ing Di­ver­sity) is a group formed in or­der to teach tol­er­ance and cel­e­brate di­ver­sity in Hot Springs.

I hope ev­ery­one has a won­der­ful St. Patty’s and en­joys the luck of the Ir­ish — at least for a day!

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