Greenville Ave St Patrick’s Day Parade

 2012 will be the 33rd annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas, TX. It happens the Saturday morning of  Saint Patrick’s Day March 17th on Greenville Avenue. The parade goes from 11:00 until about 12:30, and is followed by festivities.  An event of many years, the parade has become a consummate Dallas tradition. 

It’s a great big party on the street; you can catch many places selling green beer and people having parking lot parties with  great music. Locals will recommened the CVS parking lot on Lovers, which traditionally has a good crowd, as does Two Rows.  There is a significant amount of floats, with the crowd being traditionally more adult oriented.  It’s a great place for bars to promote themselves, and while the crowd won’t typically go overboard, it may not be ther best family activity.  However, it’s a great place to people watch before a great steak lunch. 

Before the Parade
People show up early on Greenville Ave starting at 8am to get spots and by 9:30 am most good spots are all full. If you cannot arrive early plan on parking far away or taking a cab or DART.

After the Parade
After the parade around noon people all head south to the Dallas Observer’s St. Patricks Day Party off of Yale or the Greenville Ave. Block Party south of Mockingbird. If you don’t make it to the block party by 2:00 it is usually already full and they turn people away. The block party usually winds down around six pm. 

What To Bring
Sunscreen & Hat -it might rain, chance is spotty by current weather predictions. 
Comfortable Shoes and great looking Green clothes – there may be a lot of walking involved, and you don’t want to be pinched!
Cash – this will make everything about parade watching easier.   
Rain coat – In cases of light rain, the parade has gone on in the past.

Resources and Links
Official Greenville Avenue Parade Website
Parade Map
DART Special Event Page

Most importantly, wherever your weekend adventures take you…remember..

May your blessings outnumber

The shamrocks that grow,

And may trouble avoid you

Wherever you go.

~Irish Blessing

 How will you be spending St. Patrick’s Day?  Any great traditions or recipe’s you can share?