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2009 St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Volunteer Recycling Team – Dallas

Posted by youngsierrans on February 22, 2009

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2012 details are similar to below…

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Please join the Dallas Sierra Club for its fourth annual participation (read: we’re in the parade!) in the Greenville Ave St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 17th.  Similar to 2008, 200, 2010 and 2011, we’re entering a Volunteer Recycling Team.  The City of Dallas has agreed to lend us a sanitation truck, city staff and blue recycling bags to assist us in our collection effort.  Examples of recyclables include: bottles (plastic & glass), cans, plastic cups, paper boxes (six/twelve pack types), etc.  We will collect these items directly from parade viewers from inside the barricade as we walk along with the parade.

We are seeking volunteers to help in our effort again this year. Total volunteer time will be about four hours, beginning at 10 AM.  Everyone’s welcome to hang out to enjoy some of the festivities or go their own way after the parade.

Participation/T-shirt Info: All participants interested in a t-shirt may have one. If you have one from a previous year, please wear it!

Location: The official parade staging area (where we all need to meet in the morning ) is the old Sam’s Club parking lot (in front of the Vickery Health Center – Storefront #130) which is located just East of the Greenville Ave. and Park Ln. intersection in Dallas (Google Maps link).  The parade is about 2.5 miles in total length and ends at the Greenville Ave. and SMU Blvd. intersection.

Time: All participants need to arrive at our spot in the Sam’s Club parking lot by 10 AM.  Southbound Greenville b/t Park and Mockingbird will be closed by police at 9 AM.  Other surrounding area roads will be closed at 10 AM.

Parking/Transportation: There were over 100K parade attendees in 2008; I would recommend the following options:

1. If you don’t want to worry about parking (finding a spot appears difficult and risky – most retail parking has towing signs; nearby residential apartment parking areas are not recommended by the parade organizers), I would highly recommend using the DART Rail and exiting at the Park Ln. stop, which is about a 1/4 mile West of the Sam’s Club parking lot.  Please see the DART Red Line Saturday schedule for times .

2. The parking lot at the Park Ln. DART station appears to hold about 300+ spots.  This lot will likely fill up early.

3. The parking lot at the Mockingbird Ln. DART station.  As mentioned above, the parade ends at Yale/SMU Blvd., which is about a 1/4 mile North of the Mockingbird DART station.  You could take the rail up to the Park Ln. station from here.  There are about 500+ parking spots in this lot.

I can’t emphasize enough how congested this area will be.  Please plan extra time for parking, general delays and walking to our staging area in the Sam’s Club lot.

Cost: Participation is FREE!! After parade festivities are the individual’s responsibility.

Attire: We’ve asked participants to wear some type of outings attire which reflects the “exploration” mission of the Sierra Club.  Keep it simple, fun and comfortable.  Of course, this is merely a suggestion and is not mandatory to participate.  However, a day pack may be handy to carry any personal belongings you bring.

Alcohol: The parade organizer’s policy appears very strict, and since we’re representing the Sierra Club, I ask that you keep alcohol out of our entry.  There’ll be plenty of time for us to share a pint, or few, after the parade.  We’ll have definitely earned it!  Thanks.

Suggested Things to Bring: water, sunscreen/hat/sunglasses, gloves, cameras, snacks, rain gear (hopefully not!)

Weather: The parade is on RAIN or SHINE.

Questions: Contact Peter at youngsierrans[at]dallassierraclub.org

Photos from our participation in the 2008 parade.

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