PARADE MARSHALL: Tim Matheson, in Animal House, will lead Hot Springs parade.

  • PARADE MARSHAL: Tim Matheson, in Animal House, will lead Hot Springs parade.

To borrow a phrase: “I anticipate a deeply religious experience.”

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Tim Matheson, the actor who played Otter, the Delta house Romeo in the legendary “Animal House,” will be celebrity grand marshal of the March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs. The world’s shortest parade will be on a Saturday this year, so the crowd should be bigger than ever. Matheson is currently starring in CW’s “Hart of Dixie,” playing a doctor in a Southern town.