“The Bluegrass Irish Society board of directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 14,” said Megan Moloney, Bluegrass Irish Society. “This decision is not made lightly, but with an over-abundance of caution for community members in Lexington and Central Kentucky who join us downtown each year.”
“We understand the best way to prevent any new cases of COVID-19 is to avoid exposure and we are taking this proactive step to keep our city and surrounding counties healthy,” Moloney said. “While the risk to most individuals remains low, there are portions of our community who, according to both CDC and Kentucky Public Health guidelines, are being advised to limit participation in public gatherings and avoid crowds. We do not want to hold an event when a number of our patrons are being asked to stay away.”
Jeremiah Myers, Development Manager for Lexington Habitat for Humanity, said, “Lexington Habitat for Humanity looks forward every year to kicking off the Irish Festival, and is deeply saddened to have to cancel the Shamrock Shuffle 3K. Lexington Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the continuing support of the sponsors, volunteers and runners who make our mission of building homes, communities and hope possible. With the Irish Festival, Lexington Habitat is committed to making our community a better place, and look forward to carrying that tradition into 2021. Lexington Habitat will be in touch with race participants as soon as possible with additional information.”
Parade units, vendors and entertainers will receive additional information from organizers this week. It is our sincere hope to return to Main Street in Lexington on March 13, 2021 with our best event yet."