DALLAS -- The green tradition continued as the 38th annual Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade Festival kicked off Saturday morning.
Touted as the largest St. Patrick's parade in the southwest, more than 125,000 people are estimated to attend, according to its official site. The parade route stretched from Blackwell Street to SMU Boulevard on Greenville Avenue and started at 11 a.m.
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The parade is hosted by the Dallas Mavericks and this year's grand marshal is former Dallas police chief David Brown.
Our own meteorologist Pete Delkus is participating in the parade.
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PARKING/TRANSPORTATION (SCROLL TO BOTTOM OF STORY TO VIEW MAP OF PARADE ROUTE):
With the large crowds and limited parking, planning ahead and taking public transportation could save you from a big headache. DART offers day passes for $5. This year, DART has also teamed up with Uber and Lyft to offer discounts. You can find information on that by clicking here.
FESTIVAL AND CONCERT:
The festival will take place from 9 a.m. and gates to the concert will open at noon. This year, Jimmy Eat World will headline and other performers include Rooney, Unlikely Candidates, Different Strokes (The Strokes Cover Band), Sealion and The John Stewart. Tickets for the concert range in cost from $15 to $85. The concert will take place at the Energy Square Parking Lot, located at 4849 Greenville Ave., at the corner of University Boulevard.
Don't forget to tweet to Pete (#ThanksDelkus) at @wfaaweather.
It's expected to be dry in the morning Saturday with cloudy skies and mild temperatures. Rain will develop throughout the day with scattered (50%) showers and storms by the evening hours. Winds: SE 5-15. High: 70.