2020 Parade, Road Race Cancelled: Parade Committee Statement

UPDATE 3/13/20
The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke has made the decision to cancel the second annual Marshal Mania concert keeping with the ban set forth by Governor Charlie Baker for any gatherings of over 250 people. The fast and contagious spread of the coronavirus has become a public health and safety concern and though this was not an easy decision to make we want to keep our Committee members and our community healthy and safe.

More information on other events will be released as decisions are made.

In addition, there will be a email communication sent out to each registered Road Race runner on Monday 3/16 regarding next steps.Thanks you again for your patience and support while we work through this unprecedented situation.

 

Statement from the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee, 3/10/20
 
Following the directive of the City of Holyoke and public safety officials, the 69th annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade and 45th Holyoke St. Patrick’s Road Race will not be taking place the weekend of March 21-22. The fast and contagious spread of the coronavirus has become a public health and safety concern and though this was not an easy decision to make, the safety and well-being of Road Race and Parade spectators and participants is our priority.
 
We know that there are thousands of disappointed people, none more so than the 200+ Parade Committee members who have worked tirelessly to put on this tremendous showcase year after year and I thank them for all their hard work.
 
We are still deciding logistics of upcoming events and will share these updates when and as appropriate.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
Marc Joyce,
 
President, St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Inc.
Showing 41 comments
  • Walter A Ganieany
    Reply

    Hopefully we can do them in May.

  • Noah Hopkins
    Reply

    If the race is cancelled, how do we get a refund of the entry fee?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      Hi Noah, We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

    • Noah Hopkins
      Reply

      Still haven’t received the email about the race cancellation, as of March 31st.

  • Kathryn Brown
    Reply

    Thank you for all your hard work that goes into the planning of all of the wonderful events! My family and I are heartbroken this had to be canceled! See ya next year!

  • Nicole Proulx
    Reply

    Will refunds be issued?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      Hi Nicole, We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

  • Jennifer Benoit
    Reply

    Will there be a refund issued for the road race participants?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

  • Vanessa Russell
    Reply

    Soo..what happens with our race eregistration?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

  • Lisa Totz
    Reply

    Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to this.

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      Thank you!

  • Carsten Redenz
    Reply

    I can total understand this. But do I get my money back?
    Carsten Redenz

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

  • Theresa Allen
    Reply

    I want a refund for the registration for myself and my son.

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

    • John Doe
      Reply

      OBVIOUSLY everyone did NOT read the comments before asking the same question 19 times… give these people some time!!!!!!!!! Let these working people who volunteer their time have a chance to make sense of all this. I would just like to know about any links or future plans for a new race day, please and thank you!

      • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
        Reply

        Thank you for your support! There will be a email communication sent out to each registered Road Race runner on Monday 3/16 regarding next steps. Rest assured our volunteers are doing everything they can to work through this unprecedented time!

  • Cory Rodgers
    Reply

    Will those who signed up for the race be getting their money back?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

  • Carm
    Reply

    Will we still be receiving a shirt?

  • Nancy Staelens
    Reply

    Hello: Understand why the race is canceled. Will we be getting a refund for out entry fee? Thank you for keeping us updated. Nancy

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

    • tsani bonds
      Reply

      Hi will the registered runners get a refund and there shirts or anything else that they ordered?

      • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
        Reply

        Good afternoon, there will be a email communication sent out to each registered Road Race runner on Monday 3/16 regarding next steps.Thank you again for your patience and support while our volunteers work through this unprecedented situation.

  • Zackary Pecia
    Reply

    I am coming from out of state, and I will not be able to get time to come if the event is rescheduled. Will I be getting a refund for the Road Race?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      We will be contacting registered runners before the end of the week with next steps.

      Thank you for your patience and understanding with this unfortunate situation.

    • Peter
      Reply

      I didn’t get an email

  • Pete McMahon
    Reply

    Where my money?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      Good afternoon, there will be a email communication sent out to each registered Road Race runner on Monday 3/16 regarding next steps.Thank you again for your patience and support while our volunteers work through this unprecedented situation.

  • Peter
    Reply

    Can I still have my t-shirt?

  • John b
    Reply

    I am coming from New Jersey for the festivity’s I am still planning on coming up to enjoy your wonderful city and area to see other atractions

  • nancia kavaltzis
    Reply

    Hi! When should we expect a refund for the race?

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      Good afternoon, there will be a email communication sent out to each registered Road Race runner on Monday 3/16 regarding next steps. Thank you again for your patience and support while we work through this unprecedented situation.

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      Good afternoon, there will be a email communication sent out to each registered Road Race runner on Monday 3/16 regarding next steps.Thank you again for your patience and support while our volunteers work through this unprecedented situation.

  • Chelsea
    Reply

    While realizing how close the cancellation is to the actual race day and how much business is brought into Holyoke by the event, some are hoping that there is an option to donate our race fee this year to help alleviate any areas of monetary loss <3 Thank you for all of the planning that is done each year

    • Tessa Murphy-Romboletti
      Reply

      Thank you for the kind words. There will be a email communication sent out to each registered Road Race runner on Monday 3/16 regarding next steps.Thank you again for your generosity, patience and support while our volunteers work through this unprecedented situation.

  • Peter
    Reply

    I didn’t get my email yesterday, was it sent by you or by racewire?

  • Noah Hopkins
    Reply

    We never received the email about a race refund. Please email us again about refunds. Entrant’s name is Noah Hopkins and the email is: Kodokan3@msn.com

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