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Local elected officials march in the 2009 Nutley-Belleville St. Patrick's Day Parade with Gov. Jon Corzine and Rep. Bill Pascrell.

Towns, counties delay or cancel St. Patrick’s Day parades

Fears over COVID-19 see some events put off for second year in a row

By Nikita Biryukov, January 25 2021 10:23 am

Towns and counties around the state are delaying St. Patrick’s Day parades over ongoing fears about the spread of COVID-19.

In the latest announcement Monday morning, Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin and St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee chairman Vince McKelvey announced the Mercer County township’s parade would join others set to be postponed or cancelled across the state.

“In the best interest of all involved, including attendees, it was mutually decided that the Parade could not be held safely during the COVID-19 pandemic we continue to face,” They said in a joint statement.

Officials in Newark, Morris County, Bergen County and West Orange have pushed their parades until September. Newark’s parade, the state’s oldest, was postponed and eventually cancelled in 2020, as was the one in West Orange.

South Amboy officials have put off their parade, but only to May 16. Sea Isle City’s parade was delayed even less, to April 18.

Union County canceled its parade outright, as did Somerville, Woodbridge and Atlantic City.

Elsewhere, St. Patrick’s Day parades have been indefinitely postponed. That’s the case in Sussex County, Ringwood, Robbinsville, North Wildwood and Highlands.

This story was updated to include Woodbridge, which cancelled its parade, at 11:47 p.m.

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