41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
By Chris Kelley
On Saturday, March 14, the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA) will host the 41st Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, presented by the Dallas Mavericks. The parade is the largest St. Patrick’s event in the Southwest and attended by more than 125,000 people every year. This year’s Grand Marshal is sports radio legend Mike Rhyner, the recently retired co-host and co-founder of 1310 The Ticket.
The parade has delighted families and children for more than 40 years and has attracted some of the best entertainment in the Metroplex. This year’s parade will feature the Comerica Bank Family Zone, equipped with bleacher seating and events for the entire family. The Festival Zone, located in the parking lot of Office Depot and CVS at the corner of Greenville and Lovers, will feature food trucks, exhibitor booths, sponsor exhibits, family-friendly activities and a VIP tailgate area.
New attractions this year will include the “Block Party” at Energy Square, featuring a VIP parade viewing deck, concessions, food trucks, DJs, lawn games and seating areas (over 21 only), produced by In Depth Events.
Proceeds from this year’s parade will go toward the GAABA Scholarship Fund, which provides a total of $45,000 dollars to graduating seniors in DISD. Each year, GAABA awards $15,000 to select students at Conrad, Wilson and North Dallas High Schools. Donations to the scholarship fund can be made by texting STPAT to phone number 22525.
“Every year we look forward to one of the biggest events in Dallas, the St. Patrick’s Parade, and this year we are thrilled to be partnering with the Mavericks to bring that vision to life,” said Kevin Vela, board chairman of GAABA.
“We’re proud to bring top notch family-friendly entertainment to the community while making a valuable contribution to area youth through our educational scholarship fund.”
The parade will begin at 11 a.m., but the public is invited to arrive on Greenville Avenue for festivities beginning at 9 a.m. Because of the crowds and popularity of the parade, visitors should plan to arrive early and leave late.
The parade route starts on Greenville Avenue at Blackwell Street — with street closures scheduled to start at 9 a.m. for north and southbound lanes of Greenville Ave. — and ends at SMU Boulevard at Central Expressway. Alternative routes around the parade area include Loop 12, Mockingbird Lane and Park Lane with access to Skillman Ave. Parade-goers are encouraged to ride share or ride DART Rail, as parking is extremely limited. More information can be found at dallasstpatricksparade.com.