March 10, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPRINGFIELD ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & CELEBRATION CANCELED
After careful thought and much deliberation, organizers of the 40th annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration have decided to cancel this year’s event, which had been scheduled for Saturday, March 14.
The Irish Pet Contest is also canceled.
Concerns over the coronavirus informed our decision.
As of today there are no discovered cases of COVID19 in the Ozarks. We want to keep it that way.
Health officials and government leaders across the nation and around the world have strongly advised against holding large gatherings right now.
The Springfield-Greene County Department of Health held a news conference on Monday and advised:
“There continues to be ZERO cases of COVID-19 in Greene County, but because the illness seems to affect high risk individuals particularly hard, people in those groups should start taking action now to limit activity around big groups of people. We recommend staying at home as often as possible to reduce the potential for exposure.”
We think that’s wise.
Springfield’s parade and celebration has been a mainstay since its inception in 1980. Many revelers who came to the first parade have been with us every year since. It has always been the people’s parade, where all are welcomed.
We care deeply about the people of our city. We would rather cancel a parade in an abundance of caution than risk doing anything that might expose paradegoers to illness.
We are sad to have to cancel the parade and will celebrate its return in 2021.
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