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St Patrick's Day Parade has been cancelled again

St Patrick's Day Parade has been cancelled again

St Patrick's Day Parade has been cancelled again

There has been a somewhat muted response to the news that the St Patrick's Day parade has been called off this year. 

Earlier today organisers said the annual event had been cancelled for the second year in a row, as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

In a statement issued earlier today, the organisers said while it is not possible to “gather on the streets” for the traditional St Patrick’s Day parade on March 17, they are “reimagining how we bring to life the heart and soul of the national parade”.

Revellers will be able to enjoy an online festival on a special tv channel called SPF TV, which will run from March 12 to March 17. Ut will include marching bands, pageantry and ceremony, allowing audiences to “participate virtually and enjoy safely from their homes until we can come together again”.

Striking a positive note, the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Hazel Chu, said that while we won’t be able to celebrate with a physical parade this year, we will be able to mark the occasion with six days of online events.

‘It has been a pleasure to work with the St Patrick's Day team this year & see first-hand the incredible work organisers & volunteers of @stpatricksfest puts in’ the Lord mayor tweeted. ‘We can't go ahead in terms of a physical parade this year but we will have St Patrick's Day Online events over 6 days.’

The reaction from people has ranged from indifference to disappointment and even relief.

‘First person to suggest a virtual parade gets catapulted into the Atlantic’, one person replied on Twitter to which one wag brought his attention to the fact that it has already been reported how a ‘virtual parade (will) replace official St Patrick’s Day parade this year.’

‘Some loss to the economy two years in a row. But sure hey... With all this free money going around can't we afford it’, joked another while one person added: ‘Ah. A shame. I mean it has to be that way but it’s such a pity to miss out two years in a row.’

Another agreed: ‘Really sad to hear, especially since last year “St Patrick’s day next year will make up for it” was such a common phrase. It’s for the best but here’s to better times (and St Patrick’s days) ahead

‘I'm pretty sure that's in breach of our constitutional rights,’ joked another before adding: ‘To make up for it we should have an entire month for St. Paddy's when Covid fecks off.’

However, others were not too let down with one suggesting that it was, ‘the only positive thing to come out of Covid and another agreeing: ‘See it’s not all bad’.

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