Event:St. Patrick’s Day 2020

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Date of event: March 17 2020

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St. Patrick’s Day 2020 is a celebration of Irish culture that is held across the world, with particularly large events in Ireland and other parts of Europe as well as the United States, with its large Irish-American community.

The first official St. Patrick’s Day Parade was held by Dublin and the city took the historic move to cancel the event for 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak, with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland canceling all public events across the territory.[1][2][3] The largest celebration in the United States is typically in Boston, but this has been canceled as well.[4] The same day these closures were announced, Chicago,[5] New York City,[6] and Philadelphia[7] confirmed that their festivities were still planned. Three days later, Indianapolis canceled its parade.[8]


  1. BBC staff. (2020-03-09). “Coronavirus: Irish St Patrick's Day Parades Cancelled”. BBC News. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  2. Bain, Mark. (2020-03-09). “Coronavirus: Dublin St Patrick's Day Parade Cancelled as Belfast Council Considers Own Event.Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  3. RTE News staff. (2020-03-09). “What is cancelled and what is going ahead on St Patrick's Day?”. RTE News. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  4. Steve LeBlanc. (2020-03-09). “Boston to cancel annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as 41 in Massachusetts test positive for coronavirus.Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  5. John Byrne. (2020-03-09). “https://www.courant.com/ct-st-patricks-day-parades-chicago-20200309-iyxdderianhn7l4jmfjbtpewl4-story.html.Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  6. WABC staff. (2020-03-09). “Coronavirus Update: NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade still on amid COVID-19 spread.” MSN News. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  7. Miles Bryan. (2020-03-09). “Canceled in Ireland, but not in Philly: St. Patrick’s Day Parade proceeds despite coronavirus concern.” WHYY. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  8. WTHR staff. (2020-03-12). “St. Patrick's Day Parade in Indianapolis canceled” WTHR. Retrieved 2020-03-12.