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Chicago’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled for the Second Year in a Row

Hanako Maki | The PhoenixSt. Patrick's Day celebrations in Chicago are canceled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19, officials said.

St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago usually means a green river, masses of people flocking to Downtown and to jam-packed bars. Now, for the second year in a row, the city announced the parade’s cancellation.

The St. Patrick’s day parade which was slated for mid-March of this year is canceled due to COVID-19, according to Brian Hopkins, 2nd ward aderman. 

Hopkins’ announcement came shortly after organizers of the South Side Irish Parade also announced the cancellation of their celebration, which has been a Chicago tradition since 1979. 

Last year’s parade festivities downtown and on the South Side were postponed indefinitely, but there was a possibility for rescheduling at a later date, The Phoenix previously reported. This year, it’s unclear if the city will attempt to reschedule the parade.

The mayor’s press office confirmed the cancellation of the downtown parade in an email to The Phoenix, but said the city is working out some solutions to this cancellation. 

“While traditional St. Patrick’s Day parades will not take place this year, we are working with organizers and communities to identify ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a safe manner that aligns with ongoing public health guidance,” Christine Carrino, a spokesperson for the mayor, said.

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