Lyle Lovett Comes to Town to Celebrate the Debut of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will be in Dallas as part of the weekend-long celebration of the debut of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas’ newest architectural icon connecting Downtown Dallas to West Dallas over the Trinity River. The Santiago Calatrava designed bridge is a landmark, and the festivities will be spectacular. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance to walk, party or run on the bridge and toast to the best new view in town.

A Weekend Full of Events

Saturday begins at 8 a.m. with the 8th MWH Annual Trinity River Levee Run, followed by a free street fair from noon to 9 p.m. featuring favorite local bands, costumed performers, food vendors, fireworks and more. Bands include Larry g(EE) Band, Lauren Adelle, The Burning Hotels and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights.

On Sunday at 6:50 a.m., the public is invited to watch the sun rise and attend a special Sunrise Blessing and Ribbon Cutting. The program begins at 7:30 a.m. with elected officials, special music by Orchestra of New Spain honoring the Spanish naming of the Trinity River, Street Corner Symphony singing the National Anthem, and a non-traditional ribbon cutting that includes hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Bridging The Trinity For The Love  Of  The City
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration: March 2-4, 2012
For more information: 214.740.1616 or mhhbridgecelebration.com

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Photo by Marco Becerra

Friday, March 2, 2012 – Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Party

7 p.m.-11 p.m. – Ticket Price: $200

Between the glowing Dallas skyline on the eastside and the vibrant festivities of Bridge-o-Rama in West Dallas, party guests (2,000 expected) will experience the beauty of Santiago Calatrava’s design up close as they enjoy celebrity chef creations, specialty drinks, headliner entertainment, and dance the night away on the bridge.

Entertainment Featuring Lyle Lovett

  • Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will headline this memorable evening as guests and supporters dance the night away on the bridge.
  • DJ Lucy Wrubel will spin bridge tunes for the guests.
  • Trinity Groves celebrity chefs will serve delectable delights.
  • Dallas Pedicabs rides.
  • Designs by Sean is creating Calatrava-inspired architectural costumes that are up to 14 feet tall and will be a part of Friday night and Saturday’s festivities.
  • Award-Winning Street Corner Symphony sings.

The evening culminates under the glow of fireworks and the dramatic lighting of the bridge. Hosted by The Trinity Trust.

Saturday, March 3, 2012 | Trinity River Levee Run (5K and 10K)

The eighth annual MWH Trinity River Levee Run goes from 8am-12pm on the West Dallas side of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and proceeds across the bridge, through the Design District and back, ending in West Dallas. Hosted by the Trinity Commons Foundation.

Saturday, March 3, 2012 | Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Street Fair

FREE and open to the public

On this day, the bridge is the star attraction. The Saturday Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Street Fair is one of the few opportunities for citizens to walk across Calatrava’s vehicular bridge, the first in the United States. Simple pleasures weave along the bridge in seemingly spontaneous fashion. Favorite local musicians and bands play on multiple stages as sidewalk artists, dancers, street food vendors and Calatrava-inspired architectural costumed performers interact with thousands expected to attend. Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights play just before the fireworks finale.

  • Local entertainment all day, including Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
  • Douglas Rouse Chalk Artist
  • Parade of Builders honoring those who helped build the bridge including Santiago Calatrava
  • The Trinity Trust 1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75207 thetrinitytrust.org 214.740.1616
  • Dallas Pedicabs rides
  • Bands include Larry g(EE) Band, Lauren Adelle, The Burning Hotels and Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights.
  • Designs by Sean: Calatrava-inspired costumes
  • Face painting
  • Chance Foreman duct tape art
  • Live radio shows present
  • Trinity River Corridor Photo Contest winners’ work featured
  • Trinity River Student Art Contest winners’ artwork featured

Sunday, March 4, 2012  | Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Sunrise Blessing and Ribbon Cutting

FREE and Open to the Public
6:50 a.m. Sunrise
7:30 a.m. Blessing and Ribbon Cutting

Supporters and citizens are invited to attend the blessing of the bridge and the official ribbon cutting with federal, state and local dignitaries, special music by Orchestra of New Spain honoring the Spanish naming of the Trinity River, Street Corner Symphony singing the National Anthem, and a festive non-traditional ribbon cutting with hundreds of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Hosted by the City of Dallas, The Trinity Trust, and the Trinity Commons Foundation.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 | Bridging the Trinity Bike Ride, A Tour Over and Through the History of Trinity River Bridges

1:30 p.m. | FREE

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff leads this tour of several of the downtown-adjacent bridges that span the Trinity River. The iconic Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opens the same year as the Houston Street Viaduct turns 100 years old. This casual bike tour will cover some of the major historical moments of the Trinity River and her bridges.

Lone Star Wind Orchestra “From Dallas to Valencia: A Cultural Concert

The Lone Star Wind Orchestra kicks off the New Year partnering with the City of Valencia, Spain and the City of Dallas to bring a culturally enriched program at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The evening will feature music by Valencian composers and celebrate the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. SMU cellist Andrés Diaz performs Spanish romanticism with Luis Serrano Alarcón’s Tramonto: Romanza for Cello and Winds.

Friday-Sunday, March 2-4, 2012 | Bridge-o-Rama

Bridge-o-Rama is a festival taking place in West Dallas and other nearby neighborhoods to celebrate the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. With signature experience, a Bridge-o-Rama pavilion, and countless events, Bridge-o-Rama will feature the debut of several new restaurants, a Parade of Giants, a world music concert, an area-wide faith celebration and more. The West Dallas Chamber of Commerce and West Dallas Foundation are staging Bridge-o-Rama in collaboration with many organizations and volunteers from throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Location: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge connecting Downtown Dallas and West Dallas over the Trinity River, Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207

For more information about the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Celebration Party, visit http://www.mhhbridgecelebration.com.  The Trinity Trust 1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75207 thetrinitytrust.org 214.740.1616

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