Waterford, Portlaw and Carrick cancel St Patrick’s Day Parades
Waterford City’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is off, as are the parades in Portlaw and Carrick-on-Suir.
The decision to cancel this year’s parade was reached shortly after the government’s recommendation to cancel all of this year’s parade in the interest of public health.
A statement released by the local authority read: “Waterford City and County Council has taken a decision to cancel this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.
“The decision has been made by Waterford City and County Council as a result of its most recent risk assessment which considered the volume of visitors expected to Waterford City and the duration of event.”
The organisers of the Portlaw parade have also heeded the advice from health officials and cancelled their parade.
Organisers said: “Regrettably, following the recommendation from the National Public Health Emergency team, the St. Patrick’s Day parade will not take place.
“In light of the seriousness of the Covid 19 Virus, the committee have decided that in the interests of public health it is best to cancel the Parade this year.
“We do hope to be able to have the parade at a later date in the year. We would like to thank all those who help out and who participate in the parade.”
The committee organising the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Carrick-on-Suir has also just announced it is cancelling its parade.
“Due to the increased public concern regarding Covid 19,” a statement released by the organisers said, “the committee has decided, that in the interest of both participants and those attending to view the parade, cancelling our event is in everybody’s best interests.
“We are already looking at something for later on in the year, so keep an eye out.”
WaterfordNow.ie is awaiting confirmation from the organisers of the parade in Tramore.