Winter Park's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade canceled due to pandemic

The City of Winter Park has decided to cancel its annual St. Patrick's Day Parade this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues. 

The city tweeted the announcement on Wednesday.

"Historically held on the first Sunday in March, the 2021 St. Patrick's Day has been canceled by the decision of the committee. We look forward to bringing the luck of the Irish back to Park Avenue in 2022."

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A city spokesperson tells FOX 35 News that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee decided that canceling the parade was in the best interest of their volunteers, many of whom are seniors who would not have had the time to be vaccinated by the parade date.

Additionally, extra precautions would have been required in order to meet COVID-19 safety protocol, such as patron pods, limiting parade entrants, and providing abundant handwashing stations.