What does St. Patrick’s Day look like in the age of social distancing? Subdued — but not entirely unfestive. With the coronavirus outbreak and restrictions on social gatherings taking effect, event organizers around the world, from Dublin to Chicago, canceled their annual parades and parties. (Well, almost — in New York City, organizers of the city’s canceled parade bucked the trend by gathering anyway to “preserve our 259-year history.”)
Elsewhere, self-isolating and social-distancing folks have found creative ways to keep March 17 merry. Irish actor Chris O’Dowd of Bridesmaids and The IT Crowd fame shared videos from fans of their private celebrations, many of whom used the hashtag #HouseParade. Irish broadcaster RTÉ also encouraged viewers to stage “virtual parades.”
Who said all the parades were cancelled?— Justin McCarthy (@MrJustinMac) March 17, 2020
This is brilliant.
A Lego St Patrick's Day parade.
The hard work of Darragh - boy in my daughter's class. Fair play. Top work. pic.twitter.com/qF6XicNThf
The festivities haven’t been limited to homes and driveways. In the town of Stradbally, Ireland, employees at the local Supervalu supermarket grabbed watermelons, Irish flags and, yes, toilet paper, for an in-store parade aiming to counteract the “doom and gloom.”
Others showed off their (safe) Irish step dancing skills.
My very responsible 65+ parents are social distancing and threw themselves their own St. Patrick’s Day parade 💕 pic.twitter.com/OCM69D8LPr— Christina Cauterucci (@c_cauterucci) March 15, 2020
Meanwhile, Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, famed for their rousing anthem “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” opted to cancel their long-running St. Patrick’s Day gig in Boston in favor of a live-streamed concert in light of coronavirus concerns.
For the first time in 24 years, we're not playing on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The current world situation is the ONLY thing that would ever stop us from doing so...— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) March 15, 2020
This Tuesday we're doing a DKM LIVESTREAM CONCERT to EVERYONE - ALL OVER THE WORLD!! https://t.co/6Mmfookm8n pic.twitter.com/UPT46d59Ov
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