Give the Razorback red a rest and go green for the 19th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, at Sixth and Main St. in North Little Rock.
The 90 entries in the parade will march through the Argenta Arts District and travel over the Main Street Bridge into the River Market in Little Rock. The parade route continues on Sherman St. and ends at Third and Cumberland St. in Little Rock.
Organized by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas, the parade will feature Irish music and local Irish step dancers, Irish wolfhounds, bagpipe bands, and St. Patrick himself, along with floats and antique cars. Immediately following the parade, a short program called “Dancing at the Crossroads” will be held at Third and Rock St. The McCafferty School of Irish Dance and the O’Donovan School of Irish Dance will perform.
The grand marshall of the parade will be Marie Hayes.A native of Cork, Ireland, she became a founding member of the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas in 1995, while living in the natural state. Many of the founding members of the group were recruited to Arkansas by local hospitals during a shortage of nurses in the 1980s. They settled in Arkansas and as they began raising their families, they realized the importance of passing on their Irish culture and heritage.
Currently the society has about 100 active members who organize cultural programs like the parade, and participate in community service projects throughout the year.