The epidemic in the United States, now more than a year old, is beginning to hit some calendar milestones for the second time, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade across the country. The sudden cancellation of the parade last year was one of the first big signs of how disruptive the epidemic would be for normal life in America.
Although various Kovid restrictions have been temporarily loosened in many states and cities, most venues have not cleared the way for the parade to resume, which may be the most Ruthlessly effective types of super-spreading events.
So is St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chicago? Cancel again; Parade in boston Cancel again; One in Philadelphia, Cancel again. The parade in New York City, intended to maintain its distinction as the oldest uninterrupted St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, will once again Largely formal And a very low profile, walk at five o’clock in the morning at an undisclosed time with a small group – that is, if the city and the state approve of anything.
Some places are putting a spin on the monument. The 37th annual parade at Long Island on Long Island is now Going to be held by car; Hilton Head, SC, is one of Move towards water; And have one in pittsburgh Heading to collapse (It is possible). a Drive-in Celtic Rock Concert It is planned in Dublin, California. a Virtual 5K run In Naperville, Ill .; And a day of green beer in a plastic cup is being given by the masked server between the plexiglass screens McGillin’s Olde Ale House In Philadelphia.
Last year, from Chicago to bars New orleans was packed Despite the local parade being canceled, on the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, Hint at strong words From mayors and governors. This year, officials are appealing to people to stay home, or at least be vigilant.
“We’re not at a point where we can start the major St. Patrick’s Day celebrations,” Dr. Alison Arvadi, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Told reporters at a recent briefing.
Still, not everyone is resigned to reduce for another year.
The town of Erin, Wis., Has a population of around 3,800, making last year’s parade, the 40th’s short-notice cancellation, a heart-breaker: the floats had already been drawn, and the previous parade to kings and queens Was scheduled to appear. This year, local officials and volunteers are determined to do everything Parade.
“It was fixed by the end of January,” said Denise Kennelly, a retired lawyer who is chairman of the city’s board. “Even if we cannot pull all the health precautions together, we will cancel it. But let’s go ahead and try. “
Mr. Kennelly made the organizers feel comfortable moving for the listed reasons: the parade is across the street, along a section of highway; Viewers can line up to watch from their cars; Wednesday morning’s parade will probably attract fewer people than in previous years; And Wisconsin is currently doing better than most parts of the country. Percentage of people fully vaccinated And this Newly reported case rate. A statewide mask mandate remains in effect.
Still, Mr. Kennelly said he hoped that Erin would not be a magnet for large crowds out of the city if he caught one of the St. Patrick’s Day parades anywhere this year.
“I hope there won’t be a lot of shows for this reason,” Mr. Kennelly said. “I mean, we’re far away here. And we’re not giving away a lot, nothing you can’t see anywhere else.”