| 7°C Dublin

Paddy-whacked Belfast St Patrick's Day parade 2021 cancelled due to Covid-19

Newry, Mourne, and Down District Council say they are also having to rethink St Paddy's Day celebrations, which are held annually in Downpatrick, Saint Patrick’s famous resting place.

Close

Belfast's St Patrick's Day parade for 2021 has been cancelled 
Pacemaker Press

Belfast's St Patrick's Day parade for 2021 has been cancelled Pacemaker Press

Belfast's St Patrick's Day parade for 2021 has been cancelled Pacemaker Press

The St Patrick's Day parade in Belfast has been cancelled for the second year running due to the pandemic.

The festival, which is one of the highlights of the year on the city’s cultural programme, involves a massive parade as well as concerts, street music and performances.

However, Belfast City Council say that there will be some kind of event to celebrate Ireland's patron saint.

Newry, Mourne, and Down District Council say they are also having to rethink St Paddy's Day celebrations, which are held annually in Downpatrick, Saint Patrick’s famous resting place.

A Belfast City Council spokesperson told the Belfast Telegraph: "Belfast's usual St Patrick's Day Parade and concert will not be going ahead this year due to the ongoing pandemic.

"Members of Belfast City Council have agreed to develop an alternative programme of activity to mark St Patrick's Day. The delivery and format of these events is being kept under review and will be dependent on the ongoing pandemic and any restrictions that may be in place at that time."

There have been suggestions that the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin could also be cancelled for the second year in a row.

One of Ireland's top immunologists, Dr Lara Dungan, of St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin has previously stated: "I think it will take months and months before we can get everybody [immunised]. I don't think we'll have a normal March, I don't think we'll have a St Patrick's Day parade."

In a statement, a spokesperson for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said their approach for St Patrick's Day celebrations was to deliver "an engaging programme of events online".

Derry City and Strabane District Council also said they were considering their options as the holiday approaches.

Belfast SDLP councillor Brian Heading said that there may not be enough public confidence to go ahead with events in the city this year or next.

He said: "It may not even be there next year, so there's an opportunity here to see how the council will mark cultural events that the community can get involved in."

Download the Sunday World app

Now download the free app for all the latest Sunday World News, Crime, Irish Showbiz and Sport. Available on Apple and Android devices

Online Editors


Privacy