St Patrick’s Day parades in Ireland have been affected by public health

The St. Patrick’s Day parade, that’s celebrated every year in March, has been cancelled due the COVID-19.

The National Public Health Emergency Team have today recommended that the National St. Patrick’s Festival Parade in Dublin on March 17th and the mass gathering events at the Festival should not proceed.

The decision was made by the government that is concerned about having many people agglomerated and exposed to the virus. It’s based on the best interests of public health.

On the basis of this decision, the following events will not proceed during St. Patrick’s Festival:

March 17: National St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, Dublin

March 14-17: Festival Village, Merrion Square, Dublin

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March 15: Treasure Hunt, Dublin

March 15: 5K Road Race, Dublin

March 15: Pageant on the Plaza, Ballymun, Dublin

March 17 Céilí Mór, Merrion Square, Dublin

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and is celebrated around the world every year on his feast day, 17th of March.

Dublin hosts the largest parade attracting an estimated 500,000 people last year.

Parades are held both in the Republic of Ireland and in cities and towns across Northern Ireland.

Last year, more than 400 landmarks in more than 50 countries turned green to mark the occasion.

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