Mansfield Pickle Parade (Credit: Geoff Petrulis)

Mansfield Pickle Parade (Credit: Geoff Petrulis)

You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day. In “Best Family-Friendly Activities To Do On St. Patrick’s Day,” there were events for you to enjoy. Here is an updated list for 2015 of the best parades and celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day in DFW.

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World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza
Historic Downtown Mansfield, TX
www.pickleparade.orgDate: March 12-14, 2015The Pickle Queens invite everyone to the fourth annual World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza from March 12-14 in historic downtown Mansfield. Test your tonsils in the Pickle Eating or Pickle Juice Drinking contests, dance with a Pickle Queen, chow down in the Mindy Lu’s Pie Eating Contest, run down Main Street dressed like a leprechaun, dive into the bounce houses or shake your grove thing to music from the Rental Rockers, Mack & Dyan Band or the Explosive Pickles. In 2012, the inaugural St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade introduced thousands from across the Metroplex to the amazing Pickle Queens, a peck of well-cured beauties boasting red hair, prom dresses and tiaras, accompanied by their Pickle Protectors. Sponsored by the City of Mansfield, the World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade combines pickles, shamrocks and family-style fun!
St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville 5K
Central Market Parking Lot
Greenville Ave. at Lovers Ln.
Dallas, TX 75206
www.runproject.orgDate: March 14, 2015Here is your chance to run or walk before the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Concert. The 20th Anniversary St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville 5K is a fun family-friendly event. Online registration is $35 and is open until March 12. Race-day registration is $40 for adults, $20 for children 12 and under. There are no transfers or refunds but they do offer race day insurance in case you are unable to participate in the race so that you may enter a like event at a future date. All registered race participants will receive an official race t-shirt. All finishers of the race will receive a 20th Anniversary medal. All time chip-wearing runners are eligible for awards including a cash prizes depending on their place at the finish of the race. Plus, there will be beer, food and a live band.
36th Anniversary Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival
Greenville Ave. at Blackwell St.
Dallas, TX 75206
www.dallasstpatricksparade.comDate: March 14, 2014Hailed as the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the southwest, the 36th Anniversary Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival will take place at 11 a.m. on March 14. The parade starts at Greenville Avenue at Blackwell Street (just south of Park Lane) and runs two miles to end at Yale/SMU Boulevard at I-75/Central Expressway. There are more than 1,700 participants and over 100 floats scheduled for the parade. Anticipated attendance for this event is 125,000 people so plan accordingly. Greenville Avenue and the offshoot streets from the parade will be closed so driving and parking will not be easy. The best tip is to use DART and exit at the Park Lane or Lovers Lane stations.
St. Patrick’s Day Concert
Greenville Ave. at University Blvd.
Energy Square Parking Lot
4849 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
www.dallasstpats.comDate: March 14, 2015A St. Patrick’s Day Concert featuring the Josh Abbott Band is scheduled at the Energy Square parking lot. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the gate the day of the event. Food is available for purchase and the general admission restaurants are Samson’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Grub Burger Bar and Urban Crust Wood Fired Pizza. VIP tickets are $79 in advance or $100 on the day of the event. VIP tickets include a viewing platform, four drink tickets at a private bar, private cash bar, a catered buffet lunch from Torchy’s Tacos, snacks, access to VIP restrooms and a VIP parking pass. This is an adults-only event and all guests must be 21 years of age or older and must have valid identification. This event will happen rain or shine.Related: Best Art Walks In DFW

St. Patrick’s Day Triathlon
Keller Natatorium
1000 Bear Creek Pkwy.
Keller, TX 76248
(817) 744-1350
www.dallasathletesracing.comDate: March 14, 2015The St. Patrick’s Day Triathlon includes a 300-meter pool swim at the Keller Natatorium, a 12-mile bike race and a three-mile run. Registration is $89 and includes an embroidered half-zip shirt, socks and a finisher’s medal. This is an adult event.
Cowtown Goes Green
Stockyards Station
130 E. Exchange Ave.
Ft. Worth, TX 76164
(817) 625-9715
www.stockyardsstation.comDate: March 14, 2015Cowtown has a St. Patrick’s Day event that features activities for the whole family. Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District is offering contests with Ranch Radio, face painting, games and a petting zoo. There will also be Irish dance performances, live music, a cattle drive and a parade. Ft. Worth does its own spin with an Irish/Western-themed parade followed by a gunfight performed by the Legends of Texas inside Stockyards Station. The event is free and open to the public.Related: Best Exhibits And Events For Kids In DFW

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com 
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