2021 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade cancelled

Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The 2021 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Delaware Ave. in Buffalo has been cancelled.

A message announcing the cancellation was posted on the United Irish American Association’s website.

“We take very seriously our responsibility to help flatten the coronavirus curve to keep our community safe,” the message read. Last year’s parade was cancelled, too.

The plan is to bring back the parade next year; Specifically, on March 20, 2022 at 2 p.m.

“We will once again fill Delaware Avenue with music, floats, dancers and marchers,” the website says.

Mayor Byron Brown released the following statement about the parade’s cancellation on Monday:

“The United Irish American Association made the right call to cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Delaware Avenue this year. I thank organizers for recognizing the importance of keeping our region’s infection rate down so that our health systems do not become overwhelmed. It is up to us all to continue to be vigilant to protect and maintain the health of our family, friends and neighbors during the COVID-19 emergency. I join the rest of our community in looking forward to celebrating this annual tradition that draws thousands to downtown Buffalo when this crisis comes to an end.”

During next year’s parade, Patrick D. McGuinness will serve as Grand Marshal.

If you would like to march in the parade, applications can be found here.

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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