Dublin’s iconic St Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.
Authorities had initially insisted that the festivities – which mark St Patrick bringing Christianity to Ireland in 432 – would go ahead, but bowed to pressure from doctors earlier this week and announced the cancellation.
A new Cabinet subcommittee on COVID-19 made the decision following advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team. More than 500,000 people had been expected to travel to the Irish capital for St Patrick’s Day parades and festivals.
The 17th March parade also attracts hundreds of marching bands from all across the world.
Picture: People wave as they watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin on 17th March 2019. Dublin’s iconic parade has been cancelled in 2020 due to fears over the spread of coronavirus. (CNS photo/Niall Carson, Reuters).