South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is canceled

Spectators partially fill a street during a portion of the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday, March 17, 2019, in South Boston.
The 2019 parade in South Boston. –Steven Senne / AP, File

The following is a statement from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s office.

BOSTON – Monday, March 9, 2020 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today issued the following statement regarding the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston:

“In collaboration with Congressman Lynch, Councilors Flaherty and Flynn, Senator Collins, Representative Biele, and David Falvey from the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being cancelled. This decision is being made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing what is needed to keep the residents of Boston safe and healthy.

“While the risk in Boston remains low, this situation is changing very quickly and we are closely monitoring any local cases. Our top priority is preventing any new cases, to the best of our ability, and we are paying close attention to guidance from public health officials. We encourage all residents to follow preventive measures to avoid illness, such as washing hands and staying home if you are feeling sick, and we will continue to make public any information as this situation develops in Boston.”

For more information on these preventative measures, please visit: boston.gov/coronavirus.

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