Ever since the pandemic hit, a lot of people have been waiting for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and this year, the green signal is finally lit according to a Dallas Morning News article from February 15 which says,
“It’s on!” proclaims the official Facebook page of the Dallas Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic, the fun returns March 12, the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, with a 2-mile parade featuring floats, bagpipers and beads, and a block party and concert by the Toadies.
After its two-year hiatus, the parade is once again expected to attract thousands of spectators. The parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Greenville and Blackwell Street and ends just south of Mockingbird.
The Toadies will headline the official concert and block party in Energy Square (Greenville Avenue and SMU Boulevard), from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the concert are available at prekindle.com.
“We are very excited to be bringing back this spectacular Dallas tradition,” said Jake and Jorge Levy, business association board members who own Desperados Mexican Restaurant on Greenville.”
However, this year’s parade will be extra special as candidate for the Hall of Fame, Dirk Nowitzki, was invited to jump start the parade according to a Fox 4 News article from February 14 which reports,
“Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki will be the grand marshal for the parade. The block party and concert afterward will feature the Toadies.
“Every year we look forward to one of the biggest events in Dallas, the St. Patrick’s Parade, and this year we are thrilled to once again partner with the Mavericks and Dallas’ own Dirk Nowitzki to bring that vision to life,” said Kevin Vela, Board Chairman of GAABA. “The Mavs organization has been our number one sponsor for many years and a phenomenal parade partner. We’re proud to work together to bring top-notch family-friendly entertainment to the community while making a valuable contribution to area youth through our educational scholarship fund.”
Notably, Mark Cuban regularly donates $50,000 every year to the parade to cover all necessary expenses.