The Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. after the ceremonial measuring of the parade route. For one exciting hour, zany floats, motorcycles, classic cars, musicians, Irish Elvis impersonators and leprechauns will march down Bridge Street.
The event also features St. Patrick's Day traditions such as the annual Blarney Stone-kissing contest, known as "Romancing the Stone." This year's Celebrity Grand Marshals will be acclaimed actress Bo Derek (2010 Grand Marshal) and "Sex and the City" and recording star John Corbett (2011 Grand Marshal).
Corbett's rock band, The John Corbett Band, will play a free concert on the parade route following the parade. Members of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders will perform along the parade route and the crowd will join in a giant Harlem Shake celebration before the parade.