ATLANTA, GA — The Irish Network of Atlanta announced Wednesday on Facebook that Atlanta has canceled its Saturday St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival as a safety precaution against COVID-19.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade is cancelling this year’s event due to the growing concerns about the COVID – 19 virus,” organizers said. “The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and attendees are of the utmost importance to us and we felt this was the only responsible action we could have taken. We hope this mitigation measure will help keep metro Atlanta residents safe.”

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