By Tristan Miller, with photos by Ryan Javier.
DALLAS—Greenville Avenue has been cleared for miles to make way for Dallas’s 38th anniversary of the St. Patty’s Day Parade & Festival Saturday, March 11th. The day began at 8a.m. when patrons, and supporters alike, anxiously wait by the railings that outline the each side of the road to see who will win the annual Dash Down Greenville 5K race. Runners competed for bragging rights and cash prizes. The organizers of Dash Down Greenville, the Run Project, presented the North Texas Food Bank with a check for twelve and a half thousand dollars.
The St. Patty’s Day Parade & Festival is presented by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA), a Texas 501(c)3 Not for profit organization. In the celebration of giving, the Parade Proceeds Benefit the GAABA Scholarship Fund. More than $72,500 in scholarship money has been awarded to Dallas ISD students.
With over anywhere from a quarter to a half-million people in attendance, 90 Parade Float Entries, and 1,700 parade participants, the Saturday event was sure to be a success.
Most people would think that a 5k run and a parade would be enough, but the day was only half-way though. The fun continued with the opening of the festival’s long awaited concert.
This year’s Dallas Observer’s St. Patty’s Day Concert featured Jimmy Eats World and was presented by Bud Light. Additional sponsors were Casade Montecristo, Svedka Imported Vodka, Jack Daniels, and metroPCS.
The concert would be opened by Rooney, The Unlikely Candidates, The Different Strokes (The Strokes Cover Band), Sealion and The John Stewart.
Guests feasted on the delicious food provided by the Dallas Mellow Mushroom, Grub Burger Bar, Pudding on Smiles, and Twister Street Tacos. However, VIP attendees are treated by additional food services by Full Circle Tavern and Pollo Tropical.
After the high level intensity of the St. Patty’s Day Concert, patrons look for other venues by moving to neighboring pubs and bars to celebrate March’s much loved parade & festival. It is another successful year for St. Patty’s Day.