Celebrations set to welcome signature Dallas bridge

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Posted on February 26, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 26 at 2:37 AM

DALLAS — Next weekend, a city-size celebration is planned to celebrate the newest addition to the Dallas skyline.

The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is finally nearing completion. The city is planning major events so everyone can see the Calatrava-designed Trinity River crossing for themselves.

Organizers of "Bridge-O-Rama" are putting the finishing touches on giant parade puppets. More than 150 volunteers are building the larger-than-life figures to represent West Dallas legends like federal Judge Barefoot Sanders... Sarah Cockrell, who opened the first bridge in the 1800s... and even Bonnie and Clyde.

The Parade of Giants will start on Singleton Boulevard next Saturday at 1 p.m., will cross the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, then turn around and return to West Dallas.

Bridge events are set March 2-4. Lyle Lovett will headline Friday night, but you have to buy tickets.

There's a race on Saturday along with a street fair featuring food, music, and a fireworks show. Plus, there will be a sunrise blessing on Sunday morning.

The bridge is not expected to open for traffic until March 29; the Texas Department of Transportation said rain has delayed final construction.

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