CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Not even luck from all the four-leaf clovers in Cleveland could keep the St. Patrick’s Day Parade marching on in 2021.
Those that make up the seas of green lining the streets of the CLE are once again saying “better luck next year.” The parade has been canceled thanks to COVID-19.
The Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee of the United Irish Societies of Greater Cleveland announced the decision on Tuesday “after careful consideration” as the pandemic persists.
“The health and safety of our community is our greatest priority,” Executive Director Linda Carney said. “We must act in the best interest and well-being of all organizers, volunteers, participants, and spectators. Though we are disappointed to announce the cancellation, the Cleveland St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is committed to presenting the next Parade on March 17, 2022.”
Reaction was mixed throughout downtown Cleveland upon hearing the news.
One gentleman, as he passed by the committee’s news conference on Wednesday, told 19 News, “It sucks being sober on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a crime.”
“It was great to see so many people getting out and celebrating when it’s still cold and invigorating,” said Liz Maugans. “Everybody feels alive during that moment. It’s going to be really hard, especially with a lot of the struggle that the restaurants are going through. Hopefully people will find some weird virtual way of drinking green beer and getting a green mustache and celebrating however they can.”
Carney said organizers were fully intending to hold the parade and had been planning to do so for the better part of the last year.
“It’s a very hard thing to stomach, but we’re a proud people and we’re going to come back better and stronger next year,” said Director Emeritus Patrick Murphy.
The parade was also canceled last year due to the pandemic.
However, the holiday itself isn’t canceled.
So whether you’re Irish for a day or Irish for life, grab your green gear, play some bagpipes, and cheers with your friends on a Zoom call.