After heartfelt consideration, the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to not hold a March 2021 parade. This decision has been made due to the unlikelihood that a parade will be able to be held safely or legally in Denver in any capacity in the coming months. Current City of Denver restrictions on special events and gatherings prohibit an event such as the parade from being able to be held. The Committee does not anticipate that these guidelines will relax enough in the next four months for us to be able to produce the parade. Board member Elizabeth Price stated “It takes many months of planning and hundreds of volunteer hours to put on the safe, fun parade that we produce for our city and state each year. In addition, the parade costs thousands of dollars to organize. We cannot, in good conscience, tie up these resources for an event that is likely to be cancelled due to the pandemic and the city restrictions surrounding it.”
The safety and well-being of participants and attendees is always first and foremost in the planning of this amazing event, which would have seen its 59th official parade if not for the 2020 & 2021 cancellations. Our hearts are saddened by this difficult but appropriate decision. The parade committee hopes to plan smaller Irish-themed events in conjunction with the local business community during the summer and fall of 2021, as conditions permit. These cancellations have hit our all-volunteer run non-profit very hard financially. We will spend 2021 reorganizing our business practices, developing our membership and volunteers and, of course, planning an amazing 2022 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade which will also be the Committees 60th birthday. With a little luck of the Irish, we can all expect something big for 2022!