If you're getting ready for the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration in Dallas, here's everything you need to know.
Most of the bars and restaurants between Vanderbilt And Vickery On Greenville Avenue have survived many St. Patrick's days.
But Saturday's will be the lucky first for the Londoner Pub.
The pub opened three months ago and its owner tried to hire more staff anticipating the drunken debauchery.
"I might let the customers serve themselves and do the honor system, I'm sure that'll work on St. Patrick's Day," said owner of The Londoner Pub Barry Tate.
"We have some friends that live in Dallas and they told us we have to come down for it because it's crazy," said first-time visitor Kelly Copeland from Midland, Texas.
It's a spectacle for sure and the biggest sales day for many bars and restaurants.
"The money will come in handy because I'm opening two more pubs as we speak and I overstretched myself, so I hope this will get me through," said owner of The Londoner Pub Barry Tate.
While the beer will be bountiful, parking spaces will not.
Every nearby street is lined with signs given to residents by the Homeowner's Association to hammer on their lawns.
Jay Pritchard believes most residents know about the St. Patrick's Day mayhem when they move to the M- streets.
"It's great to have our neighborhood be the focus of Dallas for one afternoon, it's a lot of fun, we just hope people take cabs if they have too much to drink," said Jay Pritchard who lives near the block party.
Besides an excuse to drink, Saturday is about the parade, which is now named the Dallas St. Patrick's Parade on Greenville Avenue and more focused on families.
"It'll never be a family parade, but it is a parade that families attend, so we just ask for float goers to keep and eye on themselves, self-police and don't do anything too crazy," said parade organizer Jake Levy.
It costs $120,0000 to put on and it will run from Park Lane to just past University with 100 floats.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit is adding extra trains and changing schedules to accomodate paradegoers.
Starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, DART is offering 10-minute rail service southbound from the Parker Road Station and northbound from the West End Station to the Greenville Avenue area.
Additional red and orange line trains from plano will bring passengers to either Mockingbird or Lovers Lane stations in time for all the festivities.
LOWER GREENVILLE BLOCK PARTY
· 2800 - 2900 Greenville Ave. - Ridgedale to the north and Vickery to the south
· Street Closures begin at 8A and will reopen tentatively around 8P
· Expected attendance is around 15,000
· The event will involve barricading Goodwin between Worcola and Matilda and 5600 Vanderbilt between Worcola and Greenville starting at 8:00 a.m. and will reopen tentatively at 8:00 p.m.
· Greenville Avenue between Vanderbilt and Vickery will close at 9:00 a.m. and will reopen at 8:00 p.m.
· North and southbound traffic on Greenville Avenue will be detoured east to Matilda.
· The following streets will be designated one-way westbound streets between Greenville and McMillan from 8:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.: Monticello, Ridgedale, Vanderbilt, Goodwin, Vickery, and Miller.
· The following streets will be designated one-way eastbound streets between Greenville, and Matilda from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.rn.: Marquita, Vanderbilt, Goodwin, Vickery, Llano, and Velasco.
· The proiected attendance is 15,000.
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