NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade Postponed, Local Parades Postponed
The 259th St. Patrick's Day Parade has been postponed. Other St. Patrick's parades in the Hudson Valley have also been postponed or canceled.
On Wednesday around 10 p.m, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee has agreed to postpone the 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade, which draws approximately 250,000 marchers and 1 to 2 million spectators to Manhattan.
"Today I had several conversations with the organizers of the St. Patrick's Day Parade to determine whether the parade should move forward in light of the evolving coronavirus situation and increased case count in the New York City area," Cuomo said. "Following those conversations, I recommended and the parade's leadership agreed to postpone this year's parade due to the high density and the large volume of marchers and spectators who attend. While I know the parade organizers did not make this decision lightly, public health experts agree that one of the most effective ways to contain the spread of the virus is to limit large gatherings and close contacts, and I applaud the parade's leadership for working cooperatively with us. While the risk to New Yorkers remains low and we want to avoid social and economic disruptions, we have an obligation to take action to contain the spread of this virus."
The hope is to host the 259th St. Patrick's Day Parade sometime later this year.
"We thank Governor Cuomo for his decisive leadership in this challenging time. We look forward to celebrating the 259th St. Patrick's Day Parade with the entire city of New York at a later date," Sean Lane, Parade Committee Chair of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration Committee said.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were over 215 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York, including 52 in New York City and 121 in Westchester County. Also on Wednesday, officials confirmed a second person tested positive for coronavirus in Ulster County
Also on Wednesday, Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade, scheduled for Sunday, March 15, in Goshen has been canceled. Parade officials blamed the "rapidly developing coronavirus (COVID-19)" for the cancelation.
The White Plains St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Yonkers St Patrick’s Parade in Westchester County were both postponed.
The 36th Annual Orange County Spring Home Show in Middletown was also canceled.
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