Covington St. Patrick’s Day parade and block party called off amid coronavirus concerns

City of Covington leaders and event organizers have called off several weekend events “out of an abundance of caution” amid COVID-19 concerns, including St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The changes affect the following upcoming events:

  • Covington Celtic Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Block Party originally scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 14
  • St. Joseph Abbey Monk Run originally scheduled for Saturday, March 14
  • YSB Chef Soiree’ originally scheduled for Sunday, March 15
Photo courtesy: Covington Celtic Club

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Covington city leaders say the Covington Farmer’s Market will remain open this Saturday.

While the St. Patrick’s Day parade is canceled, organizers say the block party portion of the event will be rescheduled for a later date.

“We are grateful for all of our vendors, sponsors and participants and look forward to celebrating in an even larger capacity at Covington’s Celtic Celebration at the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire at a nearby date! We are as disappointed as you are, and ask for your understanding in the matter as many months of hard work and money have been put into these events and these are not decisions we make lightly. We hope to have you attend our parade and celebration next year on Saturday, March 13, 2021,” Cody Ludwig of the Covington Celtic Club said in a release.

In lieu of the Chef Soriee event, the Chef Soirée Banner Ford raffle drawing will be held as a Facebook Live event at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 via the organization’s Facebook page.

“In light of public health concerns around the novel coronavirus, the Youth Service Bureau has made the difficult decision to cancel this weekend’s Chef Soirée.  Our primary concern is the health and well-being of our community and we believe it best to follow CDC recommendations to maintain social distance,” Mary Slazer of Youth Service Bureau said in a release.

Patrons can continue to support YSB children by buying raffle tickets online at the Chef Soriee website.

Organizers of the St. Joseph Abbey Monk Run also hope to reschedule the event at a later date.

“In an abundance of caution and under the direction of St Joseph Abbey Leadership, The Monk Run scheduled for this Saturday March 14th is being rescheduled.  A new race date will be posted as soon as it can be confirmed,” Dianne Weiss of 15th Street Flyers said.

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