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Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parades cancelled for 2nd Year due to COVID-19

CHICAGO – The Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parades has been cancelled for a second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mayor’s Office said Wednesday it is working to “identify ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a safe manner” but did not offer up any hints at what those means could be.

People from across the City continued to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day last year following the outbreak of COVID-19. The city postponed both the parade and river dying in 2020 after COVID-19 cases in Illinois climbed to 25.

Nearly a year later, Chicago, Region 11, has averaged 882 cases every day since January 21st of this year.

Both the Downtown and South Side Parades have been set aside. Both are held annually to celebrate the large population of Irish-Americans.

The news didn’t come as much of a shock as residents across Illinois are just now beginning to return to indoor dining after nearly three months of restrictions against local establishments.

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