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Seeing Green: Big Crowd Expected for Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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DALLAS - It’s almost time to bust out the bagpipes and go green. Irish eyes will be smiling Saturday on Dallas’ Lower Greenville Avenue for the 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.

This year, the shamrock shenanigans include two new additions: The Family Place Family Zone and The Brew Fest.  Hey, what’s a Celtic celebration without a little ale?

Just make sure your luck of the Irish doesn’t run dry –it’s a ‘No Refusal’ weekend.

Road closures start as early as 8 a.m. on Southbound Matilda, followed by closures of South and Northbound Greenville.

Sure, things looked a wee bit boring on the avenue Thursday, but by Saturday, the stretch of Lower Greenville will play host to over 125,000-plus folks and 90 festive floats.

That’s a lotta green, friends. And we’re not just talking the color, either.

"It is the biggest sale for all the bars on Lower Greenville Avenue and anywhere within a five mile radius," Jorge Levy with Desperados said. "It’s great for the city and I’m glad Mr. Cuban stepped up and he’s still doing it. This is his third year.”

But when it comes to drinking what goes in must come out. So here's where St. Patty's Day becomes St. Potty's. Yeah, we're talking about a potty tent. That's right, if the long lines are just too much to take you can bring your own portable bathroom tent.

Whether the party animals standing next to you will appreciate it is another thing. But potty issues aside, at least the evnt now has an official sponsor thanks to Mark Cuban. What a saint for saving St. Paddy's Day in Dallas.

Keep in mind, folks, this is a party with a purpose. Money raised at the event will provide scholarship cash for some Dallas ISD students.

Hey, we’ll drink to that!

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