Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and even leading up to the big day, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the green in the Dallas Fort Worth area. From parades, to food, to dancing and music, there is a lot of the Irish to celebrate. Here are five of the best events in Dallas.
Dallas St Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival
650 S. Griffin St.
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 939-2701
www.dallasstpatricksparade.comThe 37th Annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on March 19 and will last until about 2:00 p.m. The festival follows and goes on all day. The parade is expected to draw 100,000 people, and begins on Blackwell and Greenville Avenue and goes south to  SMU Blvd on the SMU campus. The parade goes for two miles and will have more than 90 floats, in addition to marching bands and other entrants. About 1,700 will be participating in the parade. The event is a fund raiser for the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association that gives out $72,000 in scholarships to local students.
St. Patrick’s Day Concert
Energy Square Parking Lot
4849 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 757-8453
microapp.dallasobserver.comFollowing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Dallas Observer is sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Day concert featuring the band Third Eye Blind, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 the day of the show. There is a VIP package available that includes a special viewing area, drinks, snacks, catered lunch and a special parking permit. Food trucks will be selling Irish food and drinks are available. Gates open at noon for the event, and only people 21 or older are admitted.Related: Best Irish Bars In DFW

Irish Spring Fling
Dallas Heritage Village
1515 S. Harwood St.
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 421-5141
www.dallasheritagevillage.orgThe Irish Spring Fling is being presented by the Dallas Heritage Festival from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., March 15-18. The event is near the Old City Park in Dallas and offers a lot of Irish fun each day. There will be Leprechaun hunts at the Sullivan House, and participants can help link rainbow chains all around the village and at the main house. There will be board games, a saloon and horse shoe
Cowtown Goes Green
Historic Stockyards of Fort Worth
130 E. Exchange Ave.
Fort Worth, TX
(817) 625-9715
www.fortworthstockyards.orgCombine the Texas Cowtown legacy with your Irish traditions at this family-friendly event at the historic stockyards of Fort Worth beginning at noon on March 19. The event has pony rides, petting zoo, contests and games for the kids. For the adults there will be music by several Irish bands, dancing Irish girls, gunfights and a special parade combining the Old West and the Irish Green. The day ends with a cattle drive, of course.
Celtic Night With The Irish Rogues And Dallas Highland Dancers
Allen Public Library
300 North Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013
(214) 509-4900
www.cityofallen.orgIn the tradition of Irish pub music comes the Irish Rogues, playing Irish classic tunes and inviting the crowd to sing along. The band has been playing since 1982, and is a staple of St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture in North Texas. They will be joined by the Dallas Highland Dancers for a performance full of the energy and humor one would expect from an Irish traditional performance.Related: Best Musical Festivals In Dallas

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