Hudson’s St. Patrick’s Parade postponed
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Following closely on the heels of the news that the Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade will be postponed this year over fears of spreading the COVID-19 virus, the Soulanges Irish Society has confirmed that the annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Hudson will also be put on hold until further notice. The parade, originally scheduled to take place Saturday March 21, does not yet have a new projected date.
“The situation is fluid, and things have changed quickly, but as of now the parade is postponed” said Brenda O’Farrell, Vice-President of the Soulanges Irish Society in charge of communications. O’Farrell explained that there is currently no new date for the parade because they want above all to make sure that everyone is safe; they will choose a new date once the rapidly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus has stabilized. “The parade is a celebration, and we want to keep it in that spirit.”
O’Farrell told The Journal that it was not an easy decision, and one that even a matter of hours earlier didn’t seem thinkable, but that they are following Federal and Provincial guidance and working to assure everyone’s safety. Ottawa has issued a statement encouraging “voluntary avoidance of crowded places” by those who are asymptomatic but who are considered to have had a “medium risk” of exposure to the virus, while the Quebec government has stated that the province must be on “emergency footing” and has ordered the cancellation of (indoor) events that attract more than 250 people.
“At least when we do it the weather will probably be better” she said, finding the silver lining. “The fact is the parade doesn’t fall on the actual date of St. Patrick’s day, and in keeping with the traditions of Irish societies around the world, we choose the day that we make everyone Irish.” This year that day will just come a little later. “We don’t know when it will be yet, but be sure that we will be marching down Main Road.”