St. Patrick may have driven all the snakes out of Ireland but it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to overcome this pandemic. Thanks to the Coronavirus, St. Patrick’s Day 2020 will be considerably less festive.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day parades in Pittsburgh, Boston, New York City and, most notably, Dublin, Ireland were scrapped this week, so it comes as no surprise that Charlotte’s parade would meet the same fate. Here are some local and regional events that have been either postponed or canceled:
- Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival have been postponed by the City of Charlotte to a later date that has yet to be determined.
- U.S. National White Water Center’s Green River Revival has been canceled.
- Historic Latta Plantation’s Celtic Festival scheduled for March 14th and 15th has been postponed.
- Rich and Bennett’s 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in uptown Charlotte has been postponed until June 27th.
- Baxter Village Spring Fest and St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Fort Mill have been canceled.
- Boone St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Daniel Boone Rail Jam scheduled for March 14th are canceled.
While disappointing, the decisions to cancel and postpone parades, festivals, concerts, conventions, and sporting events so longer seem like hysterical knee-jerk reactions. They are simply the result of a very real and, for some, life-threatening situation. Calculated caution appears to be the best course of action at this time.