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  • Chicago St. Patrick's parades canceled

    The downtown parade is called off, the Chicago River won't be dyed green and two big neighborhood parades are scuttled as city officials look to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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    Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parade has been canceled, The downtown event was slated for Saturday. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also canceled the South Side parade, which was scheduled for Sunday.

    Government officials confirmed a postponement in a statement. "The city will continue working with organizers from Chicago’s downtown, South Side, and Northwest Side parades, as well as the annual dyeing of the Chicago River, to reschedule these events to a later date and ensure the health and safety of Chicago’s residents and visitors," Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office said.

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    The holiday, known for green garb and beer, is one of the biggest revenue-generating days of the year for many bars and a boon for brands such as Guinness beer and Jameson whiskey. Americans were expected to spend $6.2 billion on the event, the National Retail Federation said last month, citing survey data from Prosper Insights & Analytics.

    79彩票注册网址"The decision to postpone the official St. Patrick’s Day parades follows guidance and information from public health experts, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and counterparts in other jurisdictions experiencing similar impacts from COVID-19. The St. Patrick’s Day parades and associated activities present very unique circumstances for Chicago, drawing over a million attendees, many from outside of the city and across the country, and offering few opportunities for attendees to practice social distancing—a key recommendation by health experts to prevent the spread of COVID-19," the city statement said. 

    Much has changed over the past two weeks. As the coronavirus spreads across the U.S., a slew of events, including major conferences and festivals, have been or . Many communities are now practicing social distancing. Boston has canceled its parade, while some of the hardest hit areas, including Seattle and Los Angeles, have also scuttled parades scheduled for this weekend. Festivities in Ireland, including Dublin, are not being held, either. As of now, the parade in New York is still on.

    79彩票注册网址In Chicago, Kieran Aherne, regional manager at Irish pub Fado, says he hasn’t seen an impact from the virus as of Tuesday. The city’s parade on Saturday would have been the biggest revenue generator of the year for the tavern. In the past, it’s meant more than $100,000 in a weekend, and then another bounce comes on actual St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

    “The health and safety of Chicago’s residents will always be our highest priority and like many other cities across the nation and globe, we are postponing this year’s parades as a precautionary measure to prevent any additional spread of COVID-19,”  Lightfoot said in the statement. “I want everyone to rest assured that your city and state continue to work around the clock to stay ahead of this issue and ensure everyone remains protected, informed, and safe.”

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