The Race Is On to Save the 2012 Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Do it for this lady. If you feel so inclined.
About 34 seconds after we reported Friday evening that the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day parade was on life support, reader Julie C left the first of 93 comments, and she spoke for plenty of those who followed: "NO NO NO! I live for this every year!"

As the news spread, livers across the city trembled at the idea of a parade-less St. Patrick's Day, and reporters at TV stations and The News alike were dispatched to follow up on the Case of the Dying Parade. (I'm sure they were thrilled.)

Many of our commenters asked about making donations to save the parade. The organizers have responded, launching this FundRazr campaign to collect the $40,000 that the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association says it needs to cover the rising cost of off-duty cops, barricades and other expenses.

And it's not just parade-goers who are being asked to pony up. It's also the bars and restaurants that, if you believe GAABA, do their biggest business of the year because of the parade.

On display below is a letter to business owners pleading for their help. It's signed by Jorge Levy, the owner of Desperados and the president of GAABA, and Kevin Thornburg, the publisher of this newspaper and the owner of hair so wavy that after seeing it you invariably find yourself Googling "Baja California surf camp excursion."

The letter asks for $1,000 from every business along the parade route. GAABA made a similar pitch last year, after the city raised prices and the Observer pulled out of the event to focus on its St. Patrick's Day concert. (Our marketing folks say that the Observer covered the cost of the parade from 1997 to 2010, when it neared $70,000. Last year it topped $80,000, and this year, with the city calling for more cops and more barricades, it's expected to near six figures.)

Tony Todora, owner of ParkIt Market, told me last week that last year's fundraising effort seemed disorganized. He was happy to pitch in, he said, and he would be happy to do the same this year -- but not without assurances that everyone else will do the same.

I'm told the Observer's sales and marketing team will be following up this week in an effort to make that happen. Because, as I mentioned last week, while we're no longer involved in the parade, happy bar owners make for happy Observer salespeople.

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furniture stores Corpus Christ
furniture stores Corpus Christ

 This mall is perfect for both shopping and to go for a drink and then go to the movies. It has a Plaza where they usually put great attractions for young children. When there are important football games, there is put up a giant screen for people to go there to see it. You can spend a whole day with your family there and not get bored.

CJ
CJ

Enter Mark Cuban to save the day.  He is committing to finish funding the parade.  Wahoo!!!

Erica Valadez
Erica Valadez

The concert was great, but the location was terrible to find.  I was so disappointed as I arrived late.  I assumed it would be near the parade and none of my technilogical devices could get me to the Energy Square.  An address on the tickets would have been much appreciated.

Andrew Price
Andrew Price

I can never understand this mentality or people who move to a place that is notorious for having a large parties, then complain about it once you move there.  Selfish pricks, this has been going on well before you decided to move there.  Get a grip, live a little.  Life isn't that serious, its ok to let loose have have some fun once in a while.

GA area resident
GA area resident

Yeah, the parade is corporate but still cool, but the parties that go on and on and on, with folks parking and pissing and vomiting all over are not. Those folks come into an area that other people live in, make their big mess and then leave. If they could come, have some fun, not disrupt every thing else that goes on in the neighborhood, clean up after themselves and show some respect, then residents wouldn't have a problem with it all, but, trust me, that's not how it all goes down.

Irish
Irish

Save the parade and get rid of the drunken after party. i am sure that costs a fortune in police $$$

@somethingsfishy
@somethingsfishy

My question where do the admission fees ($10/person paid by festival goers) end up?

Julie C
Julie C

I'm very glad to see Desparados leading this Greenville Ave. business movement - it's one of our favorite Tex Mex restaurants in the city. Service is always friendly and efficient, and the fried tacos are INCREDIBLE. 

Barlasy
Barlasy

Are y'all trying to tell me in this time of naming tadiums after airlines and office supply companies, nobody can hit up a liqour company to sponsor a 50000 person party in Dallas for 100k.. ridic.... give me ten percent and I bet I would have sirnoff, or budlight lime sponsoring it..

Nicter_shot
Nicter_shot

No i love this festival and am there all weekend with friends every year. its dallas's single most cool thing to do all year.

dallasislame
dallasislame

good riddance. let's start a new tradition that doesn't involve corporate sponsors, cops, and yahoos from the burbs. oh wait, this is dallas.

moo4theparade!
moo4theparade!

There has to be a parade, because without it how could any respectable Dallasite remove themselves from their beloved autos long enough to walk, down and around, Greenville. If they did walk around on their own, without a parade to blame for their walking, others might think they are poor....and we don't want to upset the herd, now, do we?

Sickening
Sickening

I approached NORML- why don't you guys donate some money and have a float, this looks like a good place to make a difference....local NORML says- yeah you go ahead and do that. #eyerolls#

Eam0061
Eam0061

Also, if the parade happens this year, how about not acting like a total fucking asshole throwing up at 11AM? Or taking a piss in front of everyone at a crowded Green Line station or someone's yard?

Dallas
Dallas

these writers do a horrible job of pointing out the obvious, how about bringing light to the shady fucks who mis-manage funds for this parade.

Raine Devries
Raine Devries

I remember when this parade started on Lowest Greenville:  It was impromptu, held ON St Patrick's regardless of when it fell during the week, no street barricades, no organization, just silly fun!  The boys from Budweiser passed out cans of beer - even to us kids; once there was this really buxom female draped across the hood of a fire engine and a Dallas cop climbed up the front bumper (as the truck was moving) toward the woman -- quite a saucy sight indeed!   Of course, the Oak Lawn Halloween parade used to be the exact same way.   It's rather sad when things become so organized and corporate.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I really question why this parade costs SO much?  When I would come around in the early 90's, it was half the crowd, and it was really fun.  Now, this?  Again, this is one of the only things Dallas does right......this city is rife with corruption, leadership with no common goals, and a sh+tty infrastructure!  Please?!

Jcastrodgr8
Jcastrodgr8

I went last year, had a grill, had some beer and grilled out in a spot I paid for. Finished up, cleaned all my mess and went on with my business. It all depends on the responsibilty of each individual. This even is how I kick off the year and it would be a shame to see it go.

Dm Landry
Dm Landry

The city upped the price, and if you want to have a float in the parade it cost over $200. to register. we used to be able to get down there at 11am and still get a good spot, last year we where there 9:30, and almost lost our spot, the last 5yrs we get the same spot, so this year i was thinking we have to get there even earlier! before you know it they will charge a admission, good luck with that.

Julie C
Julie C

Oops...DespErados, not DespArados. Dammit. 

Dm Landry
Dm Landry

Any Dallas event has so many rules, and high prices, it has become the snooty place to party., well i say Austin does a much better job with their events, my son and his friends come up from Austin for the GAP, and i would hate to give them the bad news., Well it looks like i maybe going to Chicago for their parade, if this falls through 

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Because they might as well just walk around with neon signs around their necks reading "I'M CARRYING POT, PLEASE ARREST ME"?

LarryLuv
LarryLuv

Then what's the point of having the Parade?

Ben
Ben

The residents on Lower Greenville killed that parade, in 1988. The city council passed a city ordinance specifically targeted at the St Patricks Day Parade, killing it. The ordinance requires private money for: "all parades , except those whose purpose is to express feelings and beliefs on current political, religious, or social issues".

The M-Streets and Lower Greenville residents are not the cool counter-culture people that they pretend to be. They thump their chest constantly about how cool they are that their entire neighborhood voted for Obama and turned the whole area "blue" in 2008. Or they point to their Prius. Or how their kids go to public school. Behind closed doors they are more prickish and self-absorbed than any citizen of Frisco, The Colony or Southlake. Watch out for those people.

I think the Upper Greenville Parade started only after the Lower Greenville parade failed. It was mostly strippers trotted out by the Million Dollar Saloon in the backs of pick-ups. A dude with some bagpipes. Some weiner dogs.

Matthew Gunter
Matthew Gunter

Its the same reason Fry St. Fair died in Denton. The Police, Fire, EMS, and finally the city council all want a bigger (and usually unjustified) cut each year simply because they can. The cost to put pn FSF went up dramatically year after year despite a smaller footprint and smaller crowds. Why? Because they can.

Its the same here. A lot easier for DPD to have businesses pay their employees than to ask city hall to do so.

Assuhm this!
Assuhm this!

It looks you answered your own question.  Since the parade is so successful the city's (lack of) leadership is unwilling to contribute anything to help keep it going so that they can waste more city resources on their corrupt dealings.  How shortsighted is that?  The parade brings much more business into the city than what it costs to put on.

TexMex
TexMex

We've been getting there around 8-8:30 these last few years

Cordsig79
Cordsig79

I still own a home here and love it........keep it coming, just the crying drunk girls and affliction crowd can stay home.  Nah.....never mind, I like watching them go to jail and its cheaper than going to New Orleans :).

Sam
Sam

I grew up in the Lower Greenville area (went to public school and a prestigious private university) and I still live in the area.  There are many of us who love the parade and the street party.  We just don't get much press. The reporters take the easy route and call Avi for a sensational "anti-fun" quote. So that's the impression the general public has formed.  It's sort of like how the media only goes to Ross Avenue to get its information on DISD and ignores all the good schools in neighborhoods like ours. So the masses  think every DISD school is bad.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Loved the Fry Street Fair!  It probably has gotten too big.....EVERYBODY needs a cut; from A PARADE?  Maybe we should go back to ten floats, with strip club hussies (that that area no longer has) hangin' off the side.  First time I attended the GA parade it was maybe 20 floats, strippers, drunkerds, no cops, and no barricades. The problem is everyone else has found out about it; so you get yuppies and Chris Chris's, and third world  adventurers, that will beat yer ass for a piece of candy-or a green tortilla.

Bonnie Aleman Garcia
Bonnie Aleman Garcia

Most of the changes have taken place thanks to Avi Adelman.  They strongly believe anyone who isn't white "don't deserve to breath the air they breath" -

Bonnie Aleman Garcia
Bonnie Aleman Garcia

Avi and Debbie Adelman are racists.  They DETEST anyone who is not white.  They refer to Hispanics as 'dirty filthy mexicans' and African Americans as 'niggers' . . . I've witnessed this, personally.  They've quieted down on my street since she came to my house and got her ass whipped!

Ben
Ben

I grew up near that area too, and recall in 1991 meeting a guy named Wink Dickey with Habitat For Humanity in a ramshackle office off an alley somewhere near Ross/Greenville. I was looking for a service project to do, we walked all over that neighborhood looking at crap houses, crap drug apartments, places where Jamaican drug gangs had been evicted by a SWAT Team or two. Up and down the streets we went, through vacant lots, bushes. Whole place was scary. Nowdays it's a different kind of scary. With all the parking permits, special rules and regulations the "new" people have inacted, It's scarier than ever!

CJ
CJ

That doesn't make any sense.

Julie C
Julie C

Pretty sure that's a Yogi Berra quote. He was being...ironic? Like rain on your wedding day?  

Cerridanae
Cerridanae

Er..."nobody goes anymore, it's too crowded"?  Does not compute.  If nobody went anymore, how would it still be crowded? ;)

Yogi
Yogi

Nobody goes anymore, it's too crowded.

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