Bayside St. Patrick's Day Parade Canceled Due To Pandemic

Maya Kaufman
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BAYSIDE, QUEENS — For the second year in a row, the Bayside St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, organizers announced Monday.

The parade had been scheduled for March 27.

"As organizers of the Parade, we feel morally obliged to avoid any chance of endangering our families, friends, guests, and the community at large by continuing with plans for this year’s Parade," the Bayside St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee wrote on Facebook. "We deeply appreciate the understanding and support of the community on this decision and for the generous financial response we have received to our continuing appeal for support."

Bayside started hosting a local St. Patrick's Day parade in 2018 as a nod to the neighborhood's substantial Irish population and to supplement the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, one of the largest in the world.

But the last time the parade marched down Bell Boulevard was in 2019: A statewide ban on large gatherings, enacted early last year by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, forced parade organizers to forgo their plans.

Organizers plan to host a parade next year, on March 26.

Parade Grand Marshal Eileen Flannelly Mackell will hold the position in 2022, and the 2020 aides to the grand marshal will also be honored next year.

The 2022 parade will be dedicated to the late Robert Lynch of Bayside.

This article originally appeared on the Bayside-Douglaston Patch