Dallas St. Patrick's Parade and Festival

Kolleen Kiburz, of Dallas, tries to catch beads during The 33rd annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's day parade in Dallas.

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There are two huge weekends in Dallas every year -- Texas/OU weekend and St. Patrick's Day weekend. The annual St. Patrick's Parade is one of my all-time favorite things to do as a Dallasite. Start by staking out a spot along Greenville Avenue that's close to a restroom (but not TOO close), and has good proximity to a restaurant or bar.

When the parade is over, the festivities spill into local bars, restaurants, and nearby M Streets homes, where the Irish revelry usually continues long after sunset.

WHAT TO TAKE: An ID; cash to pay bars, cab drivers and parking-lot attendants; and some extra tissues in case the portable toilets run out of TP.

Celebrate the wearing of the green at the 35th annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, presented by the Dallas Mavericks. The Upper Greenville Avenue event will feature bagpipers, marching bands and festive parade floats — including six featuring the Mavs. Sponsor booths, kids’ activities and food trucks with fun for the whole family will be located in the parking lot of the Meadows Building.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Greenville Avenue and Blackwell Street and ends at Greenville and SMU Boulevard. The festivities run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mavs Corner at the Meadows Building, at the corner of Greenville and Milton Street. Attendees are encouraged to ride DART, with three DART rail stations along the parade route: Park Lane, Mockingbird and Lovers Lane.

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