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St. Patrick's Day Parade in Indianapolis canceled

St. Patrick's Day Parade in Indianapolis canceled
Kids walk in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Indianapolis in March 2019. (WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The 40th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Tent Party scheduled for Friday, March 13 has been canceled.

The Athletic Club Foundation made the announcement Thursday morning out of an abundance of caution.

Thursday's greening of the canal and Saturday's Shamrock Run Walk have also been canceled.

“As our understanding of the scope and significance of the COVID-19 virus has developed over the course of the last several days, we like most civic organizations have made decisions that have only one objective: to do whatever is in our power to keep our community healthy. Unfortunately, that mission means sacrificing a little fun this year. We have cancelled all the events run by the Athletic Club Foundation out of an abundance of caution for our sponsors, loyal supporters, and families who celebrate their Irish pride with us every year. It is our hope that we will fundraise for youth athletic programs in Indianapolis in novel ways as the year unfolds so that our good work is not waylaid as well by this public health crisis,” Foundation Chair Robert Welch said in a statement. “Though we are disappointed, we take solace in the life of Saint Patrick who spent his days uniting and caring for the people he loved, the people of Ireland. We will continue to carry on his mission here in Indianapolis.”