St. Patrick’s Day parade canceled for 2nd consecutive year in Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — For the second consecutive year, there will be no St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Rochester.

Mark Dowell, who is on the board of Directors for the parade, announced Friday that this year’s even has been canceled, but are planning a virtual parade in its place.

“We’ve been meeting in September, and our goal was to (mimic one of) the two versions of the Macy’s Day Parade,” he said. “One was a virtual look at the new floats… One was a candid look at past parades and favorite moments, and floats.

“We actually considered doing a hybrid of both for a smaller audience, if we were allowed to do that,” he continued. “With the number of cases of COVID-19 that have been diagnosed and the hospitalizations that are taking, it’s a bad time of year to hold something like this.”

Ultimately, the parade is still deciding and coordinating on what this parade will look like, but Dowell says that a retrospective seems to be the best way to go.

The 2020 parade was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns on March 12 of last year, signaling the serious nature of the pandemic locally one day after Monroe County’s first confirmed case.

Dowell also says that we would have loved to keep the continuous streak going, but says that when they do it in 2022 they might just start from “number one.”

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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