Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday that commemorates Saint Patrick. Celebrated on March 17, Saint Patrick is the most celebrated patron saint from Ireland. Traditionally people will wear the color green and if you are not wearing green, you can get pinched. In Dallas, many of these traditions are a fun way for families to get together and have fun. Here are the top activities for DFW families to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(972) 913-4034 March 15, 2014 at 11 a.m.

This yearly event is a Dallas tradition. In the early morning starting at 8 a.m., the festivities on Greenville Avenue begins with the Dash Down Greenville 5K for walkers and runners. Race proceeds from this event benefit The North Texas Foodbank. After the race, there will be food and a live band. Then the parade kicks off around 11 a.m. where spectators will get to see floats and cheer on bands and more. Starting from Park Lane and Greenville Avenue, the parade travels south on Greenville Avenue, finally ending at SMU Boulevard and Greenville Avenue (just north of Mockingbird Lane). This is a free event.

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Cowtown Goes Green
Stockyards Station
130 E. Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
(817) 625-9715

Date: March 15, 2014 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dallas-Fort Worth’s most family-friendly Saint Patrick’s Day event includes activities such as free pony rides, a petting zoo, contests from Radio Disney, games, live bands, gun battle re-enactments and a special parade at 4:30 p.m. The regular daily cattle drive will still be on at 4 p.m. and the special western/Irish parade will follow right after. After the parade, the Legends of Texas will perform a gunfight inside Stockyards Station. There is free admission for all activities.

3 Stacks Paddy Dash, promoted by Frisco Sunrise Rotary Club
Frisco City Hall
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.
Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 292-5000
www.paddydash.comDate: March 15, 2014 at 7 a.m.

The Frisco Sunrise Rotary Club holds this annual event to raise funds for local charities. Children eight years old and younger can take part in a 50-yard dash. Families can take part in the one-mile fun run walk or the 5K run. There will be bounce houses, a silent auction and face painting. Runners that participate in the 5K will get free t-shirts, free food from 3 Stacks, free beer from Ben E. Keith Beers and a free ticket to the Texas Legends basketball game all while supplies last. Bring the family and enjoy the fun.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad: Spring Fling
705 S. Main St
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 410-3579

Date: March 10-14, 2014

There are two main scheduled trips during this spring break trip that also includes family-on-board activities and games. There will be a 1 p.m. trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards and a 2:45 p.m. Trinity River Run. Climb aboard this vintage-style train and learn about the history of the area as your family enjoys the sights and sounds of the railroad. Tickets start at $20 for adults.

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Dallas Blooms
Dallas Arboretum
8525 Garland Road
Dallas, TX 75218
(214) 515-6615

Date: Feb. 22 through April 6, 2014

Dallas Blooms is the annual spring festival that goes on at the Dallas Arboretum and nobody does green the way the Arboretum does. Celebrating its 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms, visitors are greeted to over 500,000 blooming spring bulbs creating a great photographic experience for families. There will be 100 cherry blossom trees and 6,000 azaleas in bloom. The theme is Birds in Paradise and there will be large interactive bird houses on display. On Sunday, March 16, there will be a cherry blossom viewing with family activities and music. You can also check out the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Admission rates vary starting at $10 for kids ages three to 12 and $15 for adults. Children’s Garden admission is an additional fee of $3.

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