There are plenty of good times to be had throughout DFW with one thing in common at every event: WEAR GREEN. Here is a random sampling of spots to hit in the Metroplex:
GREENVILLE AVE. ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE is the 33rd edition of the legendary all-day party that is the day's signature event in Dallas. It is one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades in the southwest with crowds that can swell to over 100,000 people with its Mardi Gras-like atmosphere. While it appeared that due to budgetary constraints that this year's event may not take place, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stepped up with a $40,000 contribution to ensure the show would go on. Cuban also pledged another $25,000 to the parade's scholarship fund. Festivities begin around 11 a.m. with the concert and after-party featuring Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses.
If you want to avoid the mayhem down on the street but still partake in the parade's scene, TERILLI'S has $50 wristbands available for its VIP rooftop party that includes an unlimited burger buffet and $2 drafts. Further information, call (214) 827-3993.
For those in the area following the parade, the GRANADA THEATER and SUNDOWN AT GRANADA are hosting St. Patrick's Day after-parties. The Granada will have a $5 menu with tacos and BBQ brisket sandwiches and live music beginning at 8:00 p.m. With the largest patio on Lower Greenville, Sundown will have live music beginning at 12:30 p.m. and the accompanying $5 menu of tacos and BBQ sandwiches.
The SHERLOCK'S BAKER ST. PUB & GRILL in Lincoln Square has generated huge buzz over the past seven years with its "3 Day Music Festival" as huge crowds pour into the north Arlington hot spot beginning on Thursday. For further information and the music lineup, visit here.
ST. PATTY'S DAY AT THE POUR HOUSE on West 7th in Fort Worth will feature $6 Frozen Irish Trash Cans and $3 Green Beers while showing all of the March Madness college basketball on the flat screens throughout the building. Live music by the Dirk Beldings begins at 10 pm with DJ Andrew Blanchard spinning in the Garage.
Already entrenched as one of DFW's craziest party spots, the new MCFADDEN"S RESTAURANT & SALOON in Addison is making St. Patrick's Day an all-day affair beginning at 7 a.m. with 'Kegs & Eggs.' The huge party with over $3,000 in cash and prizes will include giveaways for the 100th, 200th and 300th guests and a trip to Ireland. Further information available here.
POAG MAHONE'S IRISH PUB in Fort Worth presents ST. PATRICK'S DAY MADNESS 2012. The popular West 7th bar will have two days of action beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday. To view the entire music lineup, visit here.
The 3RD ANNUAL BOOMER JACK'S TENT PARTY in Bedford begins at 3 p.m. and runs up to 2 a.m. with music by Le Freak. This is always one of the bigger green beer get-togethers in DFW, so be prepared for big crowds.
J. GILLIGAN'S BAR & GRILL ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLOCK PARTY in Arlington begins at 11 a.m. with lunch. There will be music inside and outside under the tents. In addition to the live music, this party will feature Irish Dancers, Irish nachos and green beer.
Those looking for a unique event will like the ST. PATTY O PARTY on Friday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at Quick Trip Park in Grand Prairie. Baseball fans will enjoy this event that allows them to run the bases and join in fast pitch games. Specials include $1 Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Green Beer. Fans of the Grand Prairie Air Hogs can also score specially priced St. Patrick's Day ticket packages. Admission is free.
The RINGO'S PUB ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARTY at the Shops at Legacy in Plano kicks off at 3 p.m. with four live bands including Mini Kiss at 7 and Emerald City at 9 p.m. BBQ and green beer will be available.
The new-look BROWNSTONE KITCHEN + BAR in the West 7th corridor is having its St. Patrick's Day bash with live music from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and 'Beats & Eats' from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am. There will be specialty drinks and real Irish dishes.
MALONE'S PUB in the shadows of the Fort Worth Convention Center has gone non-smoking with a heated street-side covered patio. Its St. Patrick's Day celebration includes pint glass giveaways and "buy a select beer, keep the glass."
The BAKER ST. PUB & GRILL in Fort Worth opens at 11 am for its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration that will have a DJ on the patio and live music from the Zach Edwards Band beginning at 6 p.m.
The DURTY CROW in the vibrant West 7th neighborhood will have its 'Durty St. Patty's Day Celebration' featuring no cover, green beer and live music.
FOLLOW JAY BETSILL ON TWITTER @THEFAMOUSJAY