St. Patrick's Day parades nixed, from New York to Dublin

US Virus Outbreak St. Patricks Day
Posted at 4:12 AM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 04:12:35-04

NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade has been postponed for the first time in its 258-year history because of coronavirus concerns.

The postponement of the March 17 parade adds to the roster of events and holidays upended around the world by the spreading infection.

The New York parade honoring Irish heritage dates back longer than the United States and draws tens of thousands of marchers and throngs of spectators to Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

St. Patrick's Day parades in some other big cities, including Chicago, Boston and even the Irish capital of Dublin, were called off earlier.