If you’ve been following Finn the leprechaun as he travels to DARTable celebrations of Irish-American heritage, you may think he’s just a legend. But we promise, Finn is REAL, and he’ll be walking with the DART entry in the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival!
If you happen to get a photo of this mischievous sprite, share it on your favorite social media channel with the tag #DARTwithFinn. We’ll share some of our favorites on DART’s social media.
Between crowds and street closures, DART Rail is the wisest way to the Greenville Avenue parade and festival area. Take the Red and Orange lines to Lovers Lane Station, or the Red, Orange or Blue Lines to Mockingbird Station. DART has added service throughout Saturday to meet demand on a day when everyone is Irish.
Download DART’s free GoPass app to buy transit passes, plan trips and get next bus or train times from the comfort of your phone. If you purchase your passes in advance, don’t activate them until Saturday morning.
Learn more at: DART.org/SPD.
Dash Down Greenville 5K
At the top o’ the mornin’, well 8 a.m., start the day with the annual Dash Down Greenville 5K. Dress up in your luckiest gear and join the sea of green for the best 5K and post-race party this side of the rainbow. ‘Twill be a fine morning to celebrate with beer (must be 21 or older), food, a live band, cash prizes and more fun than ever before.
The run begins and ends at the Central Market at Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue, which is right across the street from Lovers Lane Station. Packet pickup and race-day registration open at 6:30 a.m., and the 5K starts at 8 a.m. You’ll be done by 9 a.m. – plenty of time to grab a spot to watch the parade!
Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival
Forty years ago, the first St. Patrick’s parade rode down Dallas’ Greenville Avenue comprised of a few trucks and flatbed trailers to entice people to visit the bars and restaurants of Lower Greenville. Today, it’s the largest St. Patrick’s parade in the Southwest with more than 90 entries.
The parade steps off at Blackwell Street at 11 a.m. and travels two miles down Greenville Avenue to SMU Boulevard. Arrive a few hours ahead to get a good spot along the parade route.
While you’re there, check out the Mavs Corner and the Comerica Bank Family Zone, along with other festival events from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. taking place near Lovers Lane Station.
St. Patrick’s Parade Concert
Immediately following the parade, head to the Parade Concert for live music, located in a field at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue, an easy half-mile walk from DART’s Mockingbird Station.
Forget the Irish drinking songs! Some of Dallas’ best cover bands – Poo Live Crew, Just Like Pink, The Nirvana Experience and M80s – will celebrate St. Patrick’s with 40 years of hit music.
Gates open at 12 noon and the show starts at 12:30 p.m. Tickets start at $22 and are available from Prekindle.