Concerns about the growing threat of the coronavirus has led to the cancellation of parades in Chicago and Boston. Internationally, the signature celebrations in Dublin and throughout Ireland were canceled Monday.
Savannah's celebration is one of largest in the country. According to reports, the parade has not been called off since World War II.
Jessica Houghton, president of the Irish Network Atlanta, also released a statement Wednesday confirming that Atlanta would not hold its parade Saturday.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade is cancelling this year’s event due to the growing concerns about the COVID – 19 virus. The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and attendees are of the utmost importance to us and we felt this was the only responsible action we could have taken. We hope this mitigation measure will help keep metro Atlanta residents safe.” Jessica Houghton, President, Irish Network Atlanta
Concerns about the coronavirus have resulted in the cancellation of many events and large gatherings. The AJC will monitor these announcements and keep you informed about any postponements, rescheduling and cancellations, but it’s best to check with venues or event organizers before making plans to attend. To get the latest on the coronavirus, download the AJC news app.