St Patrick’s Day Parade Is Postponed in New York Over Coronavirus Concerns
It is the first time the St Patrick’s Day Parade, which draws about 150,000 marchers and two million spectators, will not go on as planned in more than 250 years.
The first New York City St Patrick’s Day Parade took place in 1762,since 258-year history.
At that time, the Declaration of Independence had not yet been signed. The founding celebrants were Irish soldiers who served in the British Army.
it was initially organized before the Revolutionary War, the St Patrick’s Day 2020 in the city has been postponed amid fears of Coronavirus spreading, city officials said.
New York City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest such celebration in the world, was postponed late Wednesday over concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, the first time in more than 250 years that the event will not go on as planned.
St Patrick’s Day Parade Organizers
The announcement, made in a statement by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and parade organizers, followed the cancellation of St Patrick’s Day 2020 celebrations in Chicago and Boston. Ireland on Monday canceled all parades nationwide.
On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had spoken to Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose “strong recommendation” was to “reduce large gatherings” like the St Patrick’s Day Parade.
“Why would you risk bringing thousands of people together knowing this is a virus that is easily communicable?” Mr. Cuomo said at a news conference. “St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the great convenings of a large number of people.”
Mr. Cuomo declared a state of emergency in the state on Saturday and deployed the National Guard three days later to a “containment area” in New Rochelle, in Westchester County.
The New York parade’s cancellation comes at a time when social distancing is being used to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
“I thank the parade’s leadership for working cooperatively w/ us,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted. “We believe postponing the St Patrick’s Day Parade is in the best interest of public health.”
New York’s 259th parade is due to be rescheduled for a later date.
St Patrick’s Day Parade in Toronto cancelled over coronavirus concerns
St Patrick’s Day Parade organizers in Toronto say the Sunday event is being cancelled amid concerns over COVID-19.
The St Patrick’s Day 2020 organizers said the committee has made the decision to cancel the festivities due to public health concerns and in the best interest of participants, volunteers and members of the public.
“While we are disappointed that our annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will not take place our belief is that public health and safety must come first,” St. Patrick’s Parade Society chairperson Shaun Ruddy said.
Meanwhile, in Dublin, Ireland, the St Patrick’s Day Parade there was cancelled on Monday due to coronavirus concerns. Dublin’s parade was scheduled for March 17.
St Patrick’s Day parade cancelled in Irish Coronavirus
St Patrick’s Day Parade is the patron saint of Ireland and is celebrated across the globe every year on his feast day, 17 March.
Dublin hosts the largest St Patrick’s Day History attracting an estimated 500,000 people last year.
Parades are held both in the Republic of Ireland and in cities and towns across Northern Ireland.
The day is celebrated on the international stage too.
Last year, more than 400 landmarks in more than 50 countries turned green to mark the occasion.
Coronavirus: Birmingham St Patrick’s Day parade cancelled
Birmingham’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and festivals has been postponed amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
The event, which started in 1952, attracts more than 100,000 visitors and claims to be the third largest of its kind in the world.
Festivals chair Peter Connolly said it was an “unprecedented situation” but it would return later in the year.
Just last month, the event was saved from cancellation when new sponsors came forward.
Tybee Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade postponed
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (WTOC) -The Irish Heritage Celebration Committee has made the decision to postpone Tybee Island’s annual Irish Heritage Parade.
Tybee Island Mayor Shirley Sessions said in a statement that a future date for the event would be announced.
St Patrick’s Day History
when is saint Patrick’s day “If you listen to the experts, they are saying you should not have a St Patrick’s Day History convening at this time, which I believe makes sense,” the governor said.
That St Patrick’s Day History weighed heavily on parade organizers and other Irish-American leaders, who agonized over breaking with more than two centuries of tradition even as celebrations in other cities were scrapped.
St Patrick’s day is the patron saint of both Ireland and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, the second-largest diocese in the United States, which has traditionally played a role in the parade. Each year, the parade is reviewed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral as it marches past.
The announcement here follows news of St Patrick’s Day Parades being scrapped in major U.S. cities — including New York, Chicago and Boston — over Coronavirus concerns. Prior to that, officials in Ireland announced that St Patrick’s Day Parades and festivals would be canceled nationwide.
This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal for the Rochester parade was to have been Army Staff Sgt. David Bellavia, a Batavia resident who last June was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service in Iraq. World War II medic and Fairport resident “Harmonica Pete” DuPre had been designated Honorary Marshal.
Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during Coronavirus mass pandemic
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus‘ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.