FROM THE 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!