Dallas was ready to party on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge a few weeks before it opens to the first cars.
Lyle Lovett and his large band headlined the $200 per person special evening on the bridge between the glowing Dallas skyline on the eastside and the vibrant neighborhood festivities of Bridge-o-Rama in West Dallas. This stellar event was held on March 2, 2012, kicking off a weekend of fun and excitement staged on Dallas’ newest star attraction.
On Saturday, the day started with a fast pace at the 8th MWH Trinity River Levee featuring the new Sprint Invitational and the Glenn Carter Safety Challenge between the Dallas Fire-Rescue and Dallas Police Departments. The day became supercharged with the Parade of Builders, the Parade of Giants, and the Bridge Fair. Saturday ended with
a memorable display of synchronized lights and fireworks.
Early Sunday, March 4, the Sunrise Dedication began shortly before 7:00 a.m. bringing out hundreds of citizens and dignitaries on a chilly but sparkling clear morning to help Mayor Mike Rawlings formally inaugurate the bridge.
The special ceremony open to the public included music by Orchestra of New Spain honoring the Spanish naming of the Trinity River, Street Corner Symphony singing the National Anthem, and a nontraditional ribbon cutting that included Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts with ribbons and pom poms.
The remainder of the day was dedicated to anyone who wanted a chance to walk on the bridge, gaze at its masterful engineering and enjoy the vistas beyond.