Several East Dallas streets will be temporarily closed Saturday as thousands of guests gather on Lower Greenville for the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, with southbound Greenville Avenue closing at 9 a.m. Other streets close at 10 a.m. Streets typically reopen at about 4 p.m.
The 2-mile parade route begins at Blackwell Street and ends at SMU Boulevard. Additional roads may be blocked because of events following the parade, which is expected to draw more than 125,000 people.
The event has grown to be one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades in the country, with more than 90 entries and 1,700 parade participants, according to its website. Proceeds benefit the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association Scholarship Fund, which donated $45,000 last year to Dallas ISD seniors.
Neighborhood associations, including Vickery Place, Lower Greenville and Greenland Hills, will install temporary “no parking” signs throughout the neighborhood Thursday. They will not take effect until Saturday morning. Cars in violation of the “no parking” signs will be towed or ticketed. There is no exception for residents, and they must display their “resident parking only” tags to park on the street.
Neighbors should call 911 to report any problems related to illegal parking, traffic congestion, noise or excess litter. Dallas police have a dispatcher dedicated to handle the “party zone,” and officers will be stationed at at command post at Geneva Heights Elementary. Authorities will be at the event site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. conducting neighborhood patrols.
Parade-goers are encouraged to ride DART and walk to the parade from the Mockingbird, Lovers Lane or Park Lane stations. The transportation service will have additional rail lines servicing the event.
Be sure to plan for inclement weather. Showers and thunderstorms are likely Saturday with a 60 percent chance of precipitation and highs in the upper 60s.
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