Covid Concern Cancels St. Patrick’s Parade

From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:

In a sign that the current surge in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations will not just impact the here-and-now, organizers of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration–a Mass, flag raising, breakfast, parade and a luncheon–have canceled March’s festivities.

“COVID will not be gone by March and we can’t put the safety of our community at further risk by attending large public gatherings like our parade and all the auxiliary events associated,” Liz Gilbert DeFeo, chairperson of the parade committee, said in a statement Tuesday. “Health officials expect the peak of this wave of the virus will not be until next month, and the residual will linger long into March, unfortunately.”

This will be the third consecutive year since the global health crisis reached Connecticut in March, 2020 that the St. Patrick’s event, founded in 1983, has not moved forward with in-person crowds. Last year organizers provided an online virtual celebration, with bagpipe bands submitting recorded performances, videos of Irish step-dancing and messages from elected officials.

Full story here.



  1. Understand Covid concerns but cancelling the first week of January for a Mid-March parade seems to be over-reacting. Better inform NYC, Boston, New Haven, Milford and Greenwich parades the world is ending.


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