The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a tradition in the city for years. Now, amid the corona virus concerns the parade has been cancelled indefinitely. It was originally scheduled to take place on March 15th, just two days before the holiday.
It is the 2nd oldest parade in the country, placing just behind the New York City parade.
Dating back to 1771, the parade will celebrate 250 years next year. It has been hosted by the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association since 1952.
The Association released this statement Tuesday night, “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. This decision was made with significant input from civic and parade participants. While this decision is disappointing, we acted with a general concern for the well-being of everyone. In days to come, we will continue with great enthusiasm to plan the 250th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 14, 2021 celebrating Saint Patrick, our Grand Marshal Michael J. Bradley, Jr., and the distinguished members of the Ring of Honor.”
Many colleges and schools have closed in the Philadelphia area and other events have been cancelled. Please, wash your hands and stay healthy.