St Pat Parade Founder
On March 17, 1994, the Eureka Springs Scots Basketball Team was honored by Radio Station KRLK-FM with a sponsored parade.  
In 1995, Archie Ryan and George Christman got together and launched the first "official" Eureka Springs St Patrick's Parade.  Not that St Paddy's wasn't celebrated within the local pubs, but the first Parade was launched and each year, Archie Ryan has continued as "on-again off-again" Grand Marshal while sharing the title with others who stepped up to the plate.  Beyond doubt, he is recognized as the Founder.
He is well noted for his McNamara's Band and his singing voice.
He is also made sure that the Parade staging began in front of 253 Spring Street, his mother-in-law's home that is known as the most "Photographed Home in Eureka Springs.

 

This is mostly due to the wooden Circle on the porch that invites so many visitors to have their photo taken within the circular border.



Blarney or Not?  
Local legend seems to have it that a descendent of St. Patrick, St. Paddy Jr. by name, was born in Eureka Springs.  Therefore, it stands to reason that St. Patrick's Day is just as much a Eureka Springs holiday as an Irish one.

"Archie Ryan, truly Irish, was the originator of the Eureka Springs St. Patrick's Day parade and organized it every year until he handed it over to the Chamber of Commere in 2000 or thereabout," said Janet Lauer, special events coordinator for the Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce.


MacNamara's Band

Oh, me name is MacNamara, I'm the leader of the band
Although we're few in numbers, we're the finest in the land
We play at wakes and weddings and at every fancy ball
And when we play the funerals, we play the March from Saul

Oh, the drums go bang and the cymbals clang and the horns they blaze away
McCarthy pumps the old bassoon while I the pipes do play
And Henessee Tennessee tootles the flute and the music is somethin' grand
A credit to old Ireland is MacNamara's band

Right now we are rehearsin' for a very swell affair
The annual celebration, all the gentry will be there
When General Grant to Ireland came he took me by the hand
Says he, "I never saw the likes of MacNamara's Band"

Oh, the drums go bang and the cymbals clang and the horns they blaze away
McCarthy pumps the old bassoon while I the pipes do play
And Henessee Tennessee tootles the flute and the music is somethin' grand
A credit to old Ireland is MacNamara's band

Oh, my name is Uncle Julius and from Sweden I did come
To play with MacNamara's Band and beat the big bass drum
And when I march along the street the ladies think I'm grand
They shout, "There's Uncle Julius playin' with an Irish band!"

Oh, I wear a bunch of shamrocks and a uniform of green
And I'm the funniest lookin' Swede that you have ever seen
There is O'Brians, O'Ryans, O'Sheehans and Meehans, they come from Ireland
But, by yimminy, I'm the only Swede in MacNamara's Band

Oh, the drums go bang and the cymbals clang and the horns they blaze away
McCarthy pumps the old bassoon while I the pipes do play
And Henessee Tennessee tootles the flute and the music is somethin' grand
A credit to old Ireland is MacNamara's band


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