St. Patrick’s Day Parade Cancelled


A look back at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Greenwich in 1999 courtesy of GPD Silver Shield. According to the Library of Congress, "St. Patrick's Day, an Irish and Irish-American holiday, commemorates the death, as legend has it, of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, circa 492. It is also the occasion, in many American cities, for celebrating Irish heritage with a parade. Among the most renowned of these festival traditions are the New York City parade, which officially dates to March 17, 1766 (an unofficial march was held in 1762); the Boston parade, which may date as far back as March 17, 1775; and the Savannah, Georgia parade which dates to March 17, 1824."

A look back at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Greenwich in 1999 courtesy of GPD Silver Shield. According to the Library of Congress, “St. Patrick’s Day, an Irish and Irish-American holiday, commemorates the death, as legend has it, of Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, on March 17, circa 492. It is also the occasion, in many American cities, for celebrating Irish heritage with a parade. Among the most renowned of these festival traditions are the New York City parade, which officially dates to March 17, 1766 (an unofficial march was held in 1762); the Boston parade, which may date as far back as March 17, 1775; and the Savannah, Georgia parade which dates to March 17, 1824.”

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From the Greenwich Hibernian Association

After reviewing the weather reports, the Parade Committee has decided to cancel the 2016 Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade.

In a statement to the press they said, “While we regret having to do so, our primary concern is for the safety of the participants and the spectators. We did not feel it was prudent to hold the parade with the potential for significant snow and cold temperatures on Sunday. There will be no alternate date.”

While we are very sad about this here at the Sentinel, and for all those who worked so hard to put together this incredible event, we know for certain that we will see you all at next year’s parade and we are grateful to the Greenwich Hibernian Association for all their good work. Thank you for putting safety first. It must have been a difficult decision.

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