- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Oscar-nominated actor Gary Busey, who is the official parade starter for the First Ever 13th Annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, has created one of his “Buseyisms” exclusively for the parade.

“I have a hobby that’s really wonderful because it helps me understand the meaning of one word with a sentence that reflects the word’s meaning and definition,” Busey said in a news release concerning the Buseyisms, which he made famous during his stint on television’s “Dancing With the Stars” last year.

“I take these from my own heart, my own spirit and my own soul and make this interpretation so you can hear it and live by it,” he said.

The Sentinel-Record (https://bit.ly/20tsOTf ) reports that the Buseyism he created for the Hot Springs parade is “I.R.I.S.H. - Independent, Rowdy, Indomitably, Spirited, Humans.”

“We will use the Hot Springs Buseyism on posters, T-shirts and other promotions for our March 17 parade,” Visit Hot Springs CEO Steve Arrison said in the release. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on 98-foot-long Bridge Street, between Central and Malvern avenues.

Arrison said that while other Buseyisms are offered for sale on Busey’s website, the Hot Springs version will be available only in Hot Springs.

Actor Kevin Bacon and his brother Michael - the Bacon Brothers - will be the celebrity grand marshals for the Hot Springs parade, and their band will play the traditional post-parade free concert immediately after the parade ends.

Busey, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of musician Buddy Holly in 1978’s “The Buddy Holly Story,” celebrated his 45th anniversary in show business last year. Some of his other feature film credits include “The Firm,” ”Under Siege,” ”Point Break,” ”Big Wednesday,” ”Straight Time” and “Lethal Weapon.”

The World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade has brought worldwide attention to Hot Springs and helped expand the city’s reputation as a city that knows how to have fun, the news release said.

Bridge Street was named by Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the world’s shortest street in everyday use. The parade swiftly gained attention around the globe for the hilarious premise that gave birth to its annual aura of spectacular hilarity.

It annually features a troupe of Marching Irish Elvis Impersonators, green Irish wolfhounds, zany floats and marching units, plus a surprise or two.


Information from: The Sentinel-Record, https://www.hotsr.com

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