Citizen of the Week

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

  In 1995, Archie Ryan and George Christman launched the first "official" Eureka Springs St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Army National Guard led the parade, followed by high school bands, floats, trolleys, horses and walking groups. Through the years, Ryan's enthusiasm and blarney have continued to fuel the fun of parading. He is recognized as the founder of Eureka's St. Paddy's Day parade. Ryan's annual St. Paddy's Day tradition is to begin the parade with a toast in front of 253 Spring Street, his mother-in-law's home, known as the most "photographed home in Eureka Springs." Congratulations Archie, may you be a more famous Irish COW than Mrs. O'Leary's!

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