Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day parade canceled

Due to snow forecast for Sunday, March 20, the Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled.

The snow is expected on the first day of spring.

The 2016 Greenwich St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled with snow in the forecast. — Greenwich Post file photo

The 2016 Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled with snow in the forecast. — Greenwich Post file photo

According to a statement posted by the Greenwich Hibernian Association, organizers of the the decision “was made in the interest of safety for all those traveling.”

Sunday’s would have been 42nd annual Greenwich St. Patrick’s Parade. It would have recognized the he 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

“In 1916 a group of teachers, poets, labor leaders and revolutionaries declared an independent Irish Nation,” according to the Greenwich Hibernians Association. “While the Rising was eventually put down by the British military and the leaders of the Rising executed, the Rising put in motion a series of events that led to the formation of Ireland as an independent country. The 1916 Declaration will be read from the reviewing stand at the end of the Parade.”

Cathy Lavaty had been chosen as grand marshal, and was to be accompanied by her husband Walter Kelly and friends Carol Ann Mills, Rita Cody and Barbara Havranek.

Greenwich Police Officer Sean Welsh was to blow the ceremonial whistle to signal the start of the Parade.

Among the groups that were scheduled to march were the Greenwich Pipe Band, Norwalk Police Emerald Society Pipe Band, Fairfield Gaelic Pipe Band, Port Chester High School Band and the Tappan Zee Bridgemen. The Wells Fargo stagecoach and the Cycling Murrays were also slated to participate.

Sponsors included The Greenwich Sentinel, WGCH 1490 Radio, Ceci Brothers Contractors and Dougherty Greenwich Legal, LLC.

 

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