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St. Patrick's Day

Poll: Is the Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Parade a Great Dallas Tradition?

Or is it just an excuse for people to drink too much and ruin traffic for the better part of a day? You tell us.

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day, sharing the date with this year’s “Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival,” also known as the Greenville Avenue parade, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, or just the parade. Because while Dallas hosts many fine parades throughout the year, this is the one.

Whether the parade is the source of cheerful anticipation or acute dread may depend on your perspective. In an effort to determine who predominates in this city—friendly revelers dedicated to a good time and goodwill toward all, or buzzkill party-poopers who hate fun—we have developed the following poll. This definitive and official poll will determine, once and for all and incontrovertibly, the value of the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Thank you for your honest participation.

How do you feel about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue?

I love the parade because it is a rich Dallas tradition, a celebration of springtime and the Irish, and because it fills me with a sense of community being around so many of my happy neighbors. I enjoy watching the parade with my friends and family.
I love the parade because I love to party, and feel that this event gives me a free “act a fool” pass. I enjoy crushing green beers and chanting for beads like we’re living in the final days of Sodom and Gomorrah.
I hate the parade because I can’t stand the traffic or the debauchery it sometimes brings, and I am intensely uncomfortable in large crowds. I will not be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
I hate the parade because it turns an otherwise worthwhile holiday into a commercialized, soulless blowout. I will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in my own way, thank you very much.
Other (explain yourself)

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Comments

  • The_Overdog

    I’ve always thought of it as the ‘epitome of Dallas’ in it’s a parade that features totally generic floats (for the most part) that are in every parade in north Texas, mostly involves drinking and not much history or heritage, and that they close a road for a party but only until noon.

  • dallasboiler

    I love the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day parade because of its grassroots beginning and the fact that that it has almost nothing to do with the Irish population of Dallas. I reluctantly headed to my first Dallas St. Patrick’s Day parade and Lower Greenville Avenue Block Party over 20 years ago. I say reluctantly because I thought that it’d be cheesy and boring. Instead, I found something that was a small version of Mardi Gras in Dallas. It was a celebration of the end of winter and the arrival of spring. It was an excuse to cut loose for one day in an atmosphere that was authentic and not-at-all pretentious.

    What could be better than running a 5k with unofficial beer stations along the route ending at a microbrewery where one can re-hydrate with more beer (always miss that Two Rows this time of year)?! Well, one thing is better … heading out to the street to catch a parade with a bunch of floats that are just entered for the sake of entering a float. They’re mostly good fun, and the first time I caught sight of the parade I was practically rolling on the ground with laughter. Then, to top it all off, you head down to the Lower Greenville block party which feels massive – but at the same time is somehow a collection of people that you run into across town all of the time. You get to party in the street until ~6pm, when the cavalry (police on horseback) come in to disburse the crowd to other venues for the evening fun.
    If a civic entity would have started this event, it would have been the awful, cheesy event I first imagined. It’s great precisely because it started on its own accord and has no real reason to be (sort of like Dallas itself). Despite attempts to make it a “family-friendly” event, I don’t go these days with my kids. I’d rather it continue to be an “adults-only” tradition that kids can look forward to participating in more fully when they are of age. (Besides, the kids already get Christmas, Halloween, etc.!)

  • downtownworker

    It’s something to do that people enjoy. Does it get too douchy? Maybe. You don’t have to be right in the middle of it, or nearby at all.