Denver city leaders on Tuesday canceled the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of the coronavirus.
The downtown parade was scheduled for Saturday.
“Following discussions with public health officials at the city and at the urging of the Mayor during consultation yesterday and this morning, the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has made the tough decision to cancel this year’s parade due to the on-going situation surrounding COVID-19,” Theresa Melaragno, president of the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, said in a news release.
“The health and safety of parade participants and attendees is our highest priority every year, and the call to cancel the 2020 parade was made out of an abundance of caution to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 to those who join us every year to celebrate this annual tradition,” she said.
There are 15 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Colorado, including two Denver residents who contracted COVID-19 outside of Colorado.
Mayor Michael Hancock said Monday that he was not planning on calling off the parade, though that changed in the last 24 hours.