DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Saint Patrick’s Day is this weekend so that means Dallas residents living on the “M” Streets are getting ready for big crowds headed to the area for the annual parade on Greenville Avenue.

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Thursday night and Friday morning residents were busy hammering down “No Parking” signs in their front yards. Volunteers put together more than 750 of the signs Thursday night alone. Parking is a yearly bone of contention for those living near Greenville who say illegally parked cars often block them from getting to or from their homes.

According to the Lower Greenville Neighborhood Association, police, fire and code enforcement officers will be on the lookout for people breaking laws or ordinances.

Since 1979 crowds have poured into the city for the event known as the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  Funding for the 2012 event left he parade in jeopardy until Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban open his checkbook and saved the day. Months later the City of Dallas stepped in and declared that henceforth the event would be known as the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival.

There aren’t a lot of changes to the event, besides the name and the logo. Organizers have said weekend festivities will be more family friendly.

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The Dash Down Greenville 5K run begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m. The parade begins at 11:00 a.m. near Park Lane and Greenville Avenue, and runs south onto SMU Boulevard. The march is expected to include about 100 floats and draw a crowd of more than 100,000 people.

Back to that parking situation – one way to avoid congestion, confusion and citations is to take Dallas Area Rapid Transit. DART is adding additional trains and buses to accommodate parade-goers.

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