(Photo from the Lower Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Facebook page.)

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is returning this year after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.

And leading it as grand marshal will be former Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki.

The annual parade is hosted by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association, which was founded in 1987, and presented by the Dallas Mavericks, the event’s top sponsor since 2016.

It is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. March 12 on Greenville Avenue at Blackwell Street, according to a press release from the GAABA. It will continue to SMU Boulevard and Central Expressway.

Along with the parade is the festival, which will run 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 5111 Greenville Ave. There will be food trucks, booths, sponsor exhibits, activities for families and a VIP tailgate area.

The Comerica Bank Family Zone is at Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue and will have bleacher seats and activities for families.

The concert at Energy Square will last until 5 p.m. It will have a VIP parade viewing deck, concessions, food trucks and DJs (over 21 only). New this year is the official concert, produced by Jaxon Beer Garden, featuring Toadies (3:30-5 p.m.).

Proceeds from the parade, the 41st iteration, support the GAABA Scholarship Fund for graduating seniors from Dallas ISD schools. Each year, the fund provides $45,000 to students at Conrad, Woodrow and North Dallas high schools. This year, the goal is to raise $41,000 in donations.

CW33/KDAF will be broadcasting the parade 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 5252 Greenville Ave.

Northbound and southbound lanes of Greenville Avenue will be closed beginning at 10:30 a.m. To get around the parade area, use Loop 12, Mockingbird Lane or Park Lane with access to Skillman.

Parking is extremely limited, so neighbors are encouraged to ride-share or use the DART Rail.


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