Janet Smith and Jerry Don Wheeler are aiming to complete their wedding ceremony in just 60 seconds at the end of the "1st Ever 21st Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade®," which will take place along a 98-foot-long route on Bridge Street in Downtown Hot Springs on Sunday, March 17.

Organizers said that the current record for the world's shortest wedding is six minutes and 36 seconds and was set in Westminster, Colorado in 2007. 

Smith and Wheeler, who met several years ago and split their time between Hot Springs and Mount Ida, plan to ride in a "Lucky You, I Do" float during the quirky St. Patrick's Day parade.

"This parade and attention is not us or how we live, but it’s just crazy and
something that we will always remember," Smith said.

"It’ll be another one of our amazing experiences together." 

Asked if they had ever visited Ireland, Smith said: “No, but it looks absolutely beautiful.”

However, when asked if they've ever attended the World’s Shortest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade® before, Smith replied: “Of course."

Hot Springs’ celebration of the St. Patrick’s Day weekend will begin Saturday,
March 16, at 4 pm with the running of The Zero-K World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s
Foot Race, followed by a free public concert featuring country legend Pat Green
and Arkansan country star Bonnie Montgomery.

Sunday’s 98-foot parade will feature Dallas Cowboys running back legend
Emmitt Smith as the celebrity grand marshal and “Yellowstone’s” Forrie J. Smith
as the official starter.

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade® annually attracts more than
30,000 fans from across the country to Bridge Street, which Ripley’s Believe It or
Not declared the World’s Shortest Street in Everyday Use. It features an array of
40 or more zany entries that include a troupe of marching Irish Elvis Presley
impersonators, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, wacky floats, marching bands
and assorted marchers who adopt the parade’s irreverent take on the boisterous

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