Picture 8Now in its 31st year, the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade is so large and so crazy that it’s billed as “Dallas’ version of Mardi Gras.” And with a comparison like that, you know it has to be huge: celebrities, thousands of participants and lots of surprises.

With 100,000 people expected in attendance, over 1,500 people will march down the two-mile route with grand floats, outrageous costumes and tons of party spirit. Every year celebrity judges decide what float and what group gets the honor of awards like “Best of the Best” and “Most Irish Animal.”

After the parade, the fun doesn’t stop, as the official after-party begins at the Granada Theater and lasts all night long.