Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns after pandemic hiatus – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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The wait was long. But on Saturday, that wait ended for Dallas’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

“We’re so excited to be here and celebrate,” said Midland’s Sarah Duran. “The last time we were on our way to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day parade that we do every year with our family, COVID hit and so they stopped the parade.”

That was in 2020. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the parade was back this year.

“That’s what we expect,” Jonessi Jones said with a smile. “It’s party time, baby!”

Jones and his son DJ traveled from Plano to see the parade for the first time, but the day was so much more than a parade.

“We’re back to normal,” Jones said. “We get the chance to interact with other people and that’s what we missed.”

DJ dove for beads, candies and balls thrown from tanks. He got to see Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki, the parade grand marshal.

“Okay, this is the best place because I have to do everything,” DJ said from his fence post along Greenville Avenue.

“It just brings out the glow,” said Jones, who came to the show all in green with green “Elton John”-style sunglasses. “Everyone is just having a good time.”

“I’m not Irish,” Duran said. But that day, everyone felt a little lucky to have the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade again.

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