The City of Chicago has joined Boston and Ireland in canceling this weekend’s upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade. On Wednesday morning, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced what is being called the ‘postponement of events’ in Chicago.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States escalating to over 1,000 on Wednesday, 31 of those have been fatal, according to the CDC. The worldwide fatality rate is currently just under 4% of all cases. Over 105,000 people worldwide have been infected with COVID-19 with over 3,000 total deaths. There have been 19 confirmed cases in Illinois.
Naperville announced Wednesday morning it had canceled their St. Patrick’s Day parade that was scheduled for Saturday ‘out of an abundance of caution for the health of our community and to eliminate unnecessary risk for the public.’ The 5K run that was planned has also been canceled. Organizers were working with organizers to possibly work on a future date to hold events.
Other recent cancellations across the area include:
- Special Olympics Illinois State Basketball Championships
- American College of Cardiology Convention
- International Housewares Association Home Show at McCormick Place
- Chicago Children’s Choir World Music Festival at UIC Forum