Since the cancellation of the 69th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade last March, Officers of the Committee have had numerous conversations with city health and public safety officials. All were hopeful that the COVID-19 health pandemic would have subsided, and it would be safe to gather in large numbers again. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Although some have been able to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, it is not yet widely distributed enough. The health and safety of first responders, parade spectators and parade participants are our primary concern.
In observance of the public health circumstances, the Parade Committee voted at its January 3rd virtual meeting to “suspend all in-person Parade activities through the end of March 2021”. As a result of this vote, the 2020-2021 Parade will be postponed until 2022.
“This was not an easy decision to make”, said Marc Joyce, 2020-2021 Parade President. “We understand that many will be saddened, but we need to do what is best for our community. We will march again and we will have much to celebrate over homecoming weekend in 2022.”
“I would like to sincerely thank the many people who have contacted us over the past year. The Committee is comprised of 200+ members who work all year-long to put on, what we believe, is the best St. Patrick’s Parade in the country. I would like to thank all of them for their efforts in helping to carry-out this celebrated tradition. The Committee would also like to acknowledge the City of Holyoke and our many sponsors, without whose assistance and cooperation the Parade would not be possible year-after-year.”
The St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke will “hold-over” the 2020 Award Recipients and Colleens in order to celebrate them on March 20, 2022 at the 69th Annual Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade. Current Parade Committee Officers and members of the Board of Directors, as presently constituted, will continue in the same capacities through the 2021-2022 Parade Season.
We plan to communicate with the public over the next few months on ways in which our community can celebrate our Irish heritage – virtually and safely. Please visit our website, www.holyokestpatricksparade.com, for further details as they become available. More information regarding the 45th Annual Road Race will be announced soon.