COVID-19 concerns force Denver to cancel next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted at 3:06 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 17:06:07-04

DENVER — For a second year in a row, Denver will not have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Event organizers announced Wednesday that March 2021’s planned parade has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Board of Directors made the decision due to the “unlikelihood that a parade will be able to be held safely or legally in Denver in any capacity in the coming months.”

“It takes many months of planning and hundreds of volunteer hours to put on the safe, fun parade that we produce for our city and state each year. In addition, the parade costs thousands of dollars to organize. We cannot, in good conscience, tie up these resources for an event that is likely to be cancelled due to the pandemic and the city restrictions surrounding it,” Board member Elizabeth Price stated in a release.

The event was canceled earlier this year during the start of the pandemic out of the same concerns.

The Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade has been an annual event for more than 55 years and typically draws thousands to downtown.

Event organizers said they hope to plan smaller Irish-themed events in conjunction with the local business community during the summer and fall of 2021.