Reporting Bud Gillett
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Celebration had bright sunshine and warm temperatures for the annual parade. An estimated 100,000 people watched more than 80-floats grace Dallas’ Greenville Avnue. The parade is the biggest event but far from the only one in a day-long St. Patrick’s celebration. At its height thousands more people jammed Lower Greenville Avenue for a party that started hours earlier.
Well before noon Irish-wannbes displayed at least a touch of the blarney. “Why are you here?” CBS 11 News asked one reveler. “To drink beer. Q:That’s it? A: That’s it.”
Still, in this sea of Celtic Noise, some people tried to go on with regular workday routines. Like Molly Averitte. “Well, it does get a little distracting,” she said.
Averitte is an interior design architect for R Brant Design, working out of her office space less than ten feet away from the hard-core partiers. Why on this of all days? “We’ve got to meet deadlines,” she says, “we have clients that have questions, and, you know, you just have to come in and get the work done no matter what’s going on.” But she walked into the Paddy Party Zone with both eyes open, and chuckles at the memory. “Ha ha. I got here early; I saw signs yesterday saying ‘Towing Between 10AM and 10PM,’ so I knew it was going to be crowded.” By late afternoon she was still toiling away, seemingly oblivous to the mayhem outside.
It was a work day, too, for people cleaning up after the mountains of beer cans and other garbage stretched along Greenville. It was also a challenge to negotiate nearby streets because of parked cars. But unlike some worried homeowners, Charlie King just enjoyed taking it all in, including the party across the street. Because the city created one-day-only “no parking” zones. In neighborhoods like his adjoining Greenville Avenue. Parking Enforcement was coming by,” he said. “They just put the signs up and then they did do what they’re supposed to do.” So residents like Charlie could come and go. Or, in his case, just continue to sit on the porch and watch the fun, if they’d like.
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