What will the weather be like?
Texas weather can be unpredictable, but generally, the weather is pretty favorable for St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas. It’s almost officially spring, so temperatures tend to be pretty mild -- not too hot, not too cold. Spring in Texas also means rain, but again, the weather’s pretty favorable and the parade is generally spared from severe weather or storms. Keep your fingers crossed for good weather.
What should we wear?
Green -- duh. Some people go all out -- wearing green tuxedos or other green costumes. Other people keep it casual, and just wear a green t-shirt with some jeans. It’s up to you how festive you want to be. Pro tip: If you have any green Mavericks, Cowboys or Texas Rangers gear, this is the day to flaunt it.
How do we get there?
Please, if you plan on drinking, do not drive. Your best option is to have a designated driver, but if you and all of your friends want to drink, then then next best option is to split an Uber or Lyft. Fair warning: With so many people -- ahem, like, more than 100,000 of them -- trying to get to and from the same area, Uber and Lyft prices can get a bit pricey. If prices get too high for your wallet, consider taking the DART train to and from the festivities. It’s cheaper and you don’t have to worry about parking.
How far back does St. Patrick's Day history go in Dallas?
This year Dallas will be celebrating its 40th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. That may not sound super impressive when you consider that cities like New York and Boston have had their St. Patrick’s Day parades for more than a century, but it’s still a big accomplishment for Dallas, especially because it almost didn't happen in 2012.
In 2012, the Dallas Observer pulled out of the parade, according to Business Insider. Up until then the Observer was the main sponsor of the parade, but when they dropped out that year, Budweiser followed the paper’s lead, which left the parade short on cash.
That’s when Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban stepped in to save the parade. Cuban handed the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association, which puts on the parade, a check for $40,000 to keep the parade funded.
“Actually, I don't have any memories of the parade,” Cuban then jokingly told NBC’s Dallas affiliate. “They told me it was a good time. I figured it's such a Dallas tradition that -- I figured that I killed a whole bunch of brain cells, I want to give everybody else a chance... You just can't let a Dallas tradition like that die.”
Since then, the tradition lives on, and the Mavericks continue to be a presenting sponsor.