"The Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas parade committee have worked year-round to organize a unique family-friendly event that involves the citizens of Central Arkansas. This is our way to give back and say Thank You to a community that has given our families so much. We invite everyone to wear your green and come downtown to join us for this day of Irish fun." according to Eimear Fuller, President of the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas. "We expect to see spectators lining the streets all along parade route in Downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. The crowds get bigger and bigger each year. We love to see that. We have a few viewing areas that we recommend – the Argenta Arts District, in front of the River Market, and the Third Street Merchants Association. This allows our performers an opportunity to entertain the crowds along the parade route.”
An anticipated 90 or more entries will be participating in the parade, among them will be a mix of marching bagpipe bands, Irish music and songs, Irish step dancing, Irish wolfhounds, clowns, decorated floats, international cultural groups, antique cars – and Saint Patrick as well. The Parade route begins at Sixth and Main Street in North Little Rock, travels through the Argenta Arts District, crosses over the Arkansas River at the Main Street Bridge, travels through the River Market, up Sherman Street and ends at Third and Cumberland Street in Little Rock.
Maire Hayes is originally from Cork, Ireland. While living in Little Rock, she was a founding ICSA member and the first secretary. Maire and her 2 children currently live in Ireland and continue to be a supportive force for our Irish Arkansas community. We are delighted she will be making the big trip to Arkansas to serve as our 2018 Grand Marshall.
FOLLOWING THE PARADE
Immediately following the Parade, a short program called “Dancing at the Crossroads” is held on the grandstand located near Third Street and Rock Street in Little Rock. The McCafferty School of Irish Dance and the O'Donovan School of Irish Dance will perform.