A Sign of the Times on the Margaret Hunt Hill and Other Snapshots From Saturday

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Photos by Harry Wilonsky
Our pros have been all over the Margaret Hunt Hill this weekend, with one, Jay Barker, sending word from the sun-up service this morning that Santiago Calatrava "hinted that this three-day celebration was a bit excessive." Ya don't say. You can see Danny and Paul and Jay's their fine work at right, in the slideshows, with more to come before the day's out. Remember: You're free to traverse the bridge till 4 p.m. today.

Frank Librio, spokesman for the city, sent word last night that it has been quite the popular destination this weekend, with 2,000 attending Friday night's kick-off and 16,000 walking over the Trinity between noon and 6 p.m. yesterday. Writes he, "About 2,000 people have been on the bridge at one time -- not exceeding the 6,750 capacity. At no time has access had to be restricted and there have been no major incidents." Last night over dinner I heard differing accounts -- not about any incidents, though it could get crushingly claustrophobic being squeezed between tents and food trucks and stages, but about folks being stopped from entering the bridge. Anyway.

My 8-year-old son was eager to shoot a few final photos for Unfair Park, and the one above may be my favorite from our Saturday on the Calatrava and 'round West Dallas; he spent quite a bit of time getting this one right. On the other side, a few more -- including one of The Relatives, who, as Angus Wynne said two songs into their glorious set, may be "as close we'll get to Al 'TNT' Braggs these days." Amen, brother. Till tomorrow. Try to contain yourself.

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The Relatives opened with the immortal "Let Your Light Shine," and the clouds parted. Seriously. Not kidding.


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Father Sebastian Vallés, who opened the West Dallas Catholic school St. Mary of Carmel in the 1930s. But, as you can see below, some didn't make it through the Parade of Giants intact.

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Th scene at the Four Corners Brewing Co. building -- the purple warehouse on Singleton, at present -- was reminscent of, say, an East Austin South by Southwest party: lots of free beer, lots of live bands. We stayed way too long. Coming to a restaurant near you by Labor Day.

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DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Wait Wait Wait   No one told us that the 8 year old who lives in your house is leaving Unfair Park also .... 

Citizen Kim
Citizen Kim

Have to dispute "At no time has access had to be restricted."  Saturday night, parked on the downtown side, walked across to Oak Cliff side.  About 8:30 attempted to cross the bridge back to our parking lot and encountered a line of what looked like 500 people (few hundred feet long).  Walked up to the front, no one being let through the checkpoint.

Thank goodness the other bridge was open for foot traffic or we might still be there. 

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

The guy with the sandwich board is confused as to why he's protesting the bridge.  False profit, yes.  False prophet, no.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

I've gotta say, Harry has developed quite a talent as a photographer-- poaching him for the DMN would be mighty unsporting.

Reader
Reader

I'm just curious about this from today's DMN:Shortly after 3 p.m., the fire marshal temporarily barred people from entering the bridge as a precaution after it seemed to be shaking. It reopened about 15 minutes later after officials determined nothing was wrong. Am I the only one who thinks that could be a big deal?  We're talking about people on the bridge - not cars or trucks, which generally weigh significantly more!

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

There were signs warning people the bridge might shake -- and it did several times while we were on there, including after 3 p.m., during a particularly strenuous dance routine taking place in the middle of the bridge. It was especially noticable toward the east end of the bridge ... so much so my father said, "We're done." But it's meant to do that. Isn't it?

shrubstex
shrubstex

 I was on the bridge at the same time and felt it move, first thought heart attack, second, earthquake, 3rd, whoops maybe should have picked another day.  As I left Saturday around  4 ish, the people were lined up to get in who had been stopped,  The people who are at the the entry stations were telling them that the Fire Marshall had told them to stop admissions.  Funniest scenes were at the entrance where dog owners learned that dogs were not allowed on the bridge.  Reminds me of people who let their dog crap on a city street and look around to make sure they do  not have to clean it up.

LaceyB
LaceyB

A bridge dance mob promoting tonight's episode of "GCB"? And you & your Dad weren't part of that "strenuous dance sequence"? Lame.

Gabe
Gabe

Yes, bridges actually have to have some built in "shake" or "give". Skyscrapers too. Taller skyscrapers move back and forth by over an inch. It helps control out resonance, which is what took out the Tacoma Narrows bridge in Washington (you've probably seen film of it).

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

As your father would say, bang-up job there, Harry. 

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Between 8:30 and 9:00 last night, security definitely stopped folks from going onto the bridge, and there were many of them.  Also, the bands were cranked up WAY too loud for kids and created the worst of the congestion problems.  Stage setup was just not very good.  Got the impression that the promoter/producer was less than competent.

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Aww,c'mon Bob. When I show up it rains bubblegum,unicorns and Lucky Charms! I'm very kind to children,have an amazing dog that loves everyone and even hand out damn good cigars to grease good conversation with folks.

I'm really a lovable guy  if I do say so myself.

John Maline
John Maline

Arrived just after 2 on Saturday.  Saw tail end of giant puppet parade (who was the super-freckled/pimpled guy supposed to be?)

Got caught in big deadlocked crowd in front of stage. 5+ minutes to walk the length of the stage w/ folks pushing from all sides.  Good thing no one fell or we'd be reading the story about the fatality at the bridge party.  Really didn't seem safe.

Jerome Weeks
Jerome Weeks

 Clyde Barrow. Bonnie was the hot one in the red dress.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Robert--You let the boy-who-lives-in-your-house out of your house, and turns out, he takes some pretty fine photos.

Which is great for those of us who can't make some bridge party after a long, rather alcohol-soaked ladies's party last night.

Marshalpad
Marshalpad

Yes, "the boy that lives in your house" did a great  job but then I am the proud grandmother. Had a great time on the Bridge and it is beautiful. Nice day to spend with family.

Dan Bach
Dan Bach

Nice job Harry!  Keep up the good work!

Robert, good luck at the evil empire.  

MushMouth1
MushMouth1

Fine work by the young lad there Robert.

18,000? Doesn't sound like the the general citizenry is as enthused about the bridge as the rich and powerful are. Imagine that.

phe_75034
phe_75034

I don't know how much more of the general citizenry could have fit into the place.

The "Parade of Giants" was a lot more the "Stationary Line-Up of Giants" as the motorcycle cops tried to force a route through the packed-in throng. Not sure who's brilliant idea that was.

Still, even with that, it was a GREAT event, one of the best I've seen in Dallas in eons. The World Music Stage had a bunch of great acts (big shout-out to Liles and The Kessler for putting it together). The food was great, the weather cooperated, and everyone seemed to have fun. Well done to all involved! 

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

And there in lies the image problem for the rich and powerful who worked so hard to bring this to us  Or Force this on us . 

What is the FUN of being a rich and powerful  if you don't have anyone to be a rich and powerful  in front of ?

Bob
Bob

All of the general citizenry that I encountered on the bridge yesterday seemed to enjoy it very much.  Thanks, MushMouth1 (apt name) for not showing up and raining on our parade.  Literally.

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