After recovering from the daylight saving time adjustment this past weekend, there’s another challenge this weekend for those living on the east side of “the pond (i.e. Central Expressway).” The backbone of East Dallas roads known as Greenville Avenue will be flooded with green. People, floats and pets will be fill the roadway starting early in the morning for the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival presented by the Dallas Mavericks.
To prepare for the expected crowd of 125,000+, the more than 90 floats and local son/actor Burton Gilliam as the grand marshal, organizers, city workers and beer trucks will begin preparing for the tsunami starting Friday afternoon with portable toilets, barriers and “refreshments.”
Oldtimers know that if they have any errands or business in the upper Greenville Avenue area from Blackwell to Yale/SMU Boulevard, they’d better plan on getting it done Friday morning.
On the other hand, for those who love to party and have worked on their tans over spring break, consider walking, cycling, Ubering or DARTing to the area. Parking is gonna be scarce.
BTW, proceeds from the fun fest will “support GAABA Scholarship Fund. More than $115,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to Dallas ISD students.”
* Graphic courtesy of St. Patrick's Day Parade And Festival