White Plains, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago cancel St. Patrick’s Day Parade, NYC reportedly follows suit

Kimberly Dole
March 11, 2020 - 7:10 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) --  The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled, according to parade organizers.

New York follows other major cities like Washington, DC that announced their St. Patrick's Day Parade has been "postponed indefinitely" over coronavirus concerns in large gatherings.

All major events with big crowds will also be subject to potential cancellation. 

Chicago on Wednesday, also canceled their St. Patrick's Day Parade amid coronavirus concerns, according to the parade's official website.

"The Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade is CANCELED for March 14, 2020.  Please check our website for future updates," the site said.

White Plains announced late Tuesday that they are canceling their St. Patrick's Day Parade over coronavirus concerns. 

"Saturday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in White Plains will not go forward," the White Plains St. Patrick's Day committee said in a statement. " We recognize that people will be disappointed by this decision (as are we), but our main focus is and must be the health, welfare and safety of our residents."

The city of Philadelphia also followed suit and announced they will be canceling their St. Patrick's Day Parade as well. 

"After heartfelt consideration and serious conversation with officials from the City of Philadelphia, the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association has decided to cancel the parade and all events related to the 2020 Philadelphia Saint Patrick's Day Parade", a statement said. "While this decidion is disappointing, we acted with a general concern for the well-being of everyone."

The Irish cities of  Dublin and Cork both announced on Monday that they are canceling their St Patrick's Day parades amid coronavirus fears. 

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"We really need to disrupt social engagement as much as we can right now to avoid transmission of coronavirus," said Grant Colfax, director of San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Approximately 50,000 visitors usually  flock to the city center for the parade. This was the first major St Patrick's Day parade in Ireland to be canceled.

Due to the size of the crowd expected, and the length of the event, the Cork City Council said they could not provide the "necessary assurances" in line with the guidelines.

Shortly after, Dublin announced their parade's cancelation, which attracts about 750,000 people to the city every year.

Boston also canceled its St. Patrick's Day parade, Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday afternoon.

"Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade, scheduled for 3/15/20, is being canceled," Walsh said in a statement. "This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing what is needed to keep the residents of Boston safe and healthy."

A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio said so far, they have not been informed of any changes to the New York City parade.

San Francisco also canceled its parade, the mayor's office announced over the weekend.

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