DALLAS — There was no shortage of green on display Saturday as thousands flocked to appropriately-named Greenville Avenue for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas. Organizers expected close to 100,000 people for the event that included an appearance by Snoop Dog (aka Snoop Lion) later in the day.
The parade started as many would expect — with bagpipes — and followed up by thousands of beads, even green tortillas, being flung into the air.
“I’m here to enjoy the festivities and make sure everything goes smoothly... make sure no riff-raffs are out there," said one man in a superhero costume who called himself "Cloverman." "If there are, I'll deliver them a fist of clover justice!"
And justice was at work as tow truck drivers hauled away vehicles parked illegally on neighborhood streets. News 8 witnessed a Dodge Ram being towed for sitting in a crosswalk and near a fire hydrant.
“People still like to test the limits," said wrecker driver Kyle Martin, who towed four vehicles within 60 minutes. "Rules aren’t always meant to be broken, but people love to test the limits."
The city blocked off parking on one side of neighborhood streets just in case fire trucks need to get through. Rachael Rundus is thankful she only needed her two legs to get to the parade.
“My friend was going to stay over and I told her to drive over last night, because traffic is a mess!" she said. "No one can drive through this — look at this, it's insane!"
Just before 8 p.m. Dallas police said they had issued seven citations, 243 parking tickets and had towed 18 vehicles.