PRESERVING THE PAST.
From the newly-completed renovation of the Kirby Building to the ongoing restoration of the Old Red Courthouse, Downtown Dallas is busy revitalizing its numerous historic structures. Buildings that once served as commercial centers are undergoing conversion to a visitors’ center, loft apartments, luxury condominiums, telecommunications centers, hotels, museums and restaurants; a former church is reborn as a space for the performing arts. Visit Downtown to see why preservation of its rich architectural heritage is the key to Downtown’s future.
It’s all right here, and you’re invited to Gome on Down!town
THE FLYING RED HORSE
Join the community-wide campaign to restore one of Dallas’ most recognizable symbols, the Flying Red Horse atop the historic Magnolia Building. Led by Honorary Co-chairs U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and Dallas First Lady Matrice Ellis-Kirk. The Pegasus Project hopes to complete the $500,000 restoration of the 65-year-old Downtown landmark by the end of the year.
The campaign is raising funds from both corporations and the community through a “Pennies for Pegasus” program. The lead sponsor, Mobil Oil Corporation, presented the Flying Red Horse to the City of Dallas as a gift in 1976. Actually comprised of two steel horses, the 15-ton Pegasus will be lowered to the ground this summer, then moved to Dallas City Hall Plaza where the public will be able to view construction. The horses will be outfitted with new aluminum panels, new neon lighting and a state-of-the-art rotation system.
Call 972-978-2997 for more information on participating in this exciting effort to reclaim Dallas history.
RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS PARADE CONES TO THE WEST END MARKETPLACE
This year’s 128th Edition of the Greatest Show on Earth will preview its Dallas engagement with a spectacular old fashioned circus parade starting from Reunion Arena and ending at the West End Marketplace. The hour-long parade, beginning at 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, July 27th, will feature antique circus wagons and cars, circus entertainers, clowns and other circus personalities.
The grand finale of this dazzling and magical cavalcade of circus wonders is the great “Pachyderm Parade” of elephants. A trunk to trunk parade of the famous Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephant herd is truly a must see sight for children of all ages.
Be sure to arrive early in the West End Historic District for “the best curbside seats” to this unforgettable and exciting family event. And just for fun – free snow cones – compliments of the West End Marketplace. Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey at Dallas’ Reunion Arena. July 29-August 8. For additional information, call 214-748-4801.