Organizers Pump Up Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Bash

Gail Thomas and "friend"
Gail Thomas and the head of Victor Considerant
Photography by Andi Harman

The Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” blasted over the loudspeaker. Channel 8’s Brad Watson interviewed event producer Todd Fiscus of Todd Events. An all-female mariachi band called Mariachi Rosas Divinas performed. And City Manager Mary Suhm was spotted peering over the side (looking for a body, maybe?). It was all part of the scene on Dallas’ newest bridge today when organizers for the upcoming Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration let people know that this weekend’s really, really big show over the Trinity River will go on, rain or shine (in case of the former, the Friday portion will be moved to Gilley’s).

Think big, as in Lyle Lovett and his Large Band. A street fair, Aztec dancers, special films, a 5K run, fireworks, and much more. (One major caveat: just 6,750 people will be allowed on the bridge at any one time.) The photo shows Gail Thomas, president and CEO of the Trinity Trust, a celebration sponsor, talking about some of what’s planned in front of a giant head depicting Victor Considerant, an explorer who founded the French-speaking La Reunion colony in today’s West Dallas. Victor’s one of the 12-foot-tall puppets that will appear as part of Saturday’s Parade of Giants. The parade’s a highlight of Bridge-o-Rama, a West Dallas Chamber of Commerce bash that will complement the MHHB festivities.

Photo credit: Jeanne Prejean

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