Wednesday, March 6, 2013 , Updated 7:00 a.m., March 15, 2013
Luckiest St. Patrick’s Day parties in DFW
Plus 5 places to eat Irish.
The month of March is special for many reasons: It’s the beginning of spring as well as festival season, but most of all it gives us the opportunity to celebrate the Irish heritage in a big way. The best thing about St. Patrick’s Day is it's nondiscriminatory. No matter what your nationality, you’re entitled to a little bit of luck and perhaps a green beer.
Here are the top 4 St. Patrick’s Day parties happening around Dallas-Fort Worth as well as 5 places you can find traditional Irish grub.
Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville
The notorious Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a wild and wacky day full of floats, traditional Irish music, and great people watching. The parade itself begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16 near Park Lane and Greenville Avenue and runs south to SMU Boulevard.
The party, however, extends far beyond that. From Mockingbird Lane to Ross Avenue, Greenville will be packed with pedestrians searching for beer and food at one of the local establishments. Granada Theater, Sundown at Granada, The Dubliner, The Londoner, and everywhere in between will have specials, parties and live music. Festivities spill over into the Knox-Henderson district, too, which is fairly accessible by foot from Greenville. Residents of the area will be hosting soirees in their front yards, so you won’t be short on places to celebrate.
Tips for travel:
Get there early! Greenville Avenue will be impassable by car, and though the residential streets will be, it will be a test of your endurance.
Park and walk. You will not be able to park close to the party, so don’t get frustrated if you end up six or eight blocks off Greenville. Hopefully you’ll meet some new friends along your journey. Also, the Mockingbird DART Station is less than a mile from the parade’s end point.
Bring a non-disposable cup. That way you can immediately throw away your trash before you ever consider littering.
Clean up after yourself. The streets get destroyed on St. Patrick’s Day, so every little bit helps.
Tip your bartenders and food vendors. They will have been catering to St. Paddy’s day crowds since 8 a.m.
Dash Down Greenville 5K
If you’re looking to get something more out of St. Patrick’s Day than just a hangover, check out the Dash Down Greenville 5K at 8 a.m. before the Dallas parade. Grab your green and meet more than 8,000 other runners (or walkers) at the Central Market on Lovers Lane. All proceeds of the race go to the North Texas Food Bank, which received more than $61,000 from the 2012 event. Plus, there’s an after-party at 8:30 a.m., complete with beer, food, and a live band. Registration is currently $25, but will increase as the date looms closer.
Keller, Texas is also hosting a St. Patrick’s-themed sprint triathlon March 10 comprised of a 300-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride, and a 3-mile run. Athletes enjoy bagpipes, an Irish band, and green pancakes after the race.
Cowtown Goes Green
Fort Worth too will have a St. Patrick’s Day parade, albeit much more family oriented than the one in Dallas. Beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, activities in the stockyards such as pony rides and petting zoos will be available free of charge. There will also be face painting, slit walkers, free rides on the mechanical bull, and live Irish music by Threadneedle Street. The Cowtown Goes Green parade starts at 4 p.m. with the Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive, followed by floats as well as horses and cowboys. Patrons can purchase beer from one of several beer stands or bars and peruse the stockyards. The Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon, and The Longhorn Saloon are all within walking distance if you so desire a tasty beverage post-parade.
Snoop Dogg at Energy Plaza
Yes, this is for rizzle. Snoop D-O-double G will be gracing Dallas on March 16 along the Greenville Avenue Parade route at University. Dallas’ own ishi and A.Dd+ will be opening up. So grab your gin and juice and go drop it like it’s hot. Tickets the day of the event are $20; $15 in advance.
Local specials and Irish menus
Check out the following local business for green treats and drinks specials.
Humperdinks — From now until March 17, Humperdinks on Greenville is offering an Irish burger with corned beef as well as oven-roasted corned beef and cabbage. The brewpub will also have an Irish Stout beer and Irish Car Bombs for $5.
Landmark — For the entire month of March, the Landmark restaurant at the Warwick Melrose Hotel has an Irish-inspired brunch menu. Wash down your green eggs and ham or Irish benedict with one of three festive beverages — an Irish Manhattan, a Flying Shamrock, or Patty’s Punch.
Poag Mahone’s — Saturday, March 16, Poag Mahone’ in Fort Worth will have an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet for $4.95. This gives you more cash to spend on $4 draft pints from Uinta Brewing Company.
Duke’s Original Roadhouse — Sunday, March 17 Duke’s in Plano is planning a raging party complete with $1 mimosas, $2.50 Bloody Marys, and $2.50 You Call Its. The restaurant will have a traditional Irish menu and a live DJ.
The Gin Mill — March 15-17, Henderson staple The Gin Mill will be dishing up Irish specialties such as corned beef and cabbage, and Guinness beef stew. Brunch, too, will be Irish-infused.
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