After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Lower Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Block Party will be back on Saturday, March 12 — and businesses in the area are ready for big crowds.
More than 125,000 people are expected to attend the St. Patrick’s Parade along Greenville Avenue this Saturday, according to Fox4, with Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki hosting the festivities as this year’s parade Grand Marshal. The parade runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Vanderbilt to Vickery Association’s block party for ages 21 and up runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Lower Greenville between Vanderbilt and Vickery. Tickets to that shamrock-coated drinking bonanza are $15 and participating bars include Stans’s Blue Note, Dodie’s Reef, Blue Goose, Terilli’s, Halcyon, Christies, and The Dubliner, Greenville Avenue’s long-running Irish pub.
“I think the whole city is excited about getting people back together again without a lot of worries,” The Dubliner Peter Kenny tells Eater, adding that it’s been “long two years in general with COVID.”
Kenny says the festivities are both great for business and neighborhood. “The actual block party is a huge day for everyone. It’s the opening up of springtime really as much as it is a St. Patrick’s block party,” he says. “It’s going to be great to have the parade back and have the block party back again, get things back to some normality and I hope everyone has a good safe holiday.”
Meanwhile, the team at Son of a Butcher is hosting it first-annual “Paddy-O Party,” starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday with SoB buttons, photo opportunities, drink specials like $3 Jell-O shots, and St. Patrick’s day menu items like a slider with sharp Irish cheddar and a green Shamrock Shake topped with Lucky Charms Marshmallows. The sliders bar opened in December 2020, so this is the first time Son of a Butcher is participating in annual St. Patrick Day’s festivities.
“It’s something we’ve been looking forward to since we’ve opened and we definitely thought about it before we opened,” Maddie Koelzer, marketing coordinator at FB Society, tells Eater. “Being able to join the community this year in celebrating one of Dallas’s most cherished traditions is huge for us.”
- Dallas Mavs legend Dirk Nowitzki named Grand Marshal of St. Patrick’s Day Parade [Fox4]
- The Best St. Patrick’s Events in Dallas This Week [Dallas Observer]
- Master list of all the St. Patrick’s Day events happening around Dallas [CultureMap Dallas]
- 2022 Dallas Mavs St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival [Official Site]