2020 Mystic Irish Parade Cancelled
2021 Parade Date: March 21, 2021
With travel and other restrictions still in place across the state in response to COVID-19, the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation has decided to cancel its 17th Annual Mystic Irish Parade, which had been rescheduled from March 22, 2020 to October 25, 2020.
The decision to postpone – and then cancel this year’s annual parade was made out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 virus.
“We are sorry to say we’re going to have to cancel the October parade, we had hoped for the best however the reality of the situation dictates the unfortunate cancelation. We will look forward to the parade on March 21st,” said Neil Ryan, Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. “The parade board will be working hard to focus on our 2021 parade. Alexis Ann will still preside as Grand Marshal, and all businesses that signed up as sponsors will be automatically signed up for the 2021 parade.” All 2020 applicants will receive an email in January 2021 to apply for the 2021 parade.
The annual parade, which had never been postponed or cancelled before, typically has over 2,000 participants and is enjoyed by more than 30,000 spectators, taking its dedicated supporters more than a year to plan. The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation will be holding a raffle at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 4 p.m. at Harp and Hound, 4 Pearl Street in Mystic to WIN A Trip for TWO to Ireland. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance of the drawing at Irish Eyes in Olde Mistick Village, Harp and Hound, Pizzeta, Friar Tucks, Chapter One Food and Drink, The Whaler’s Inn, Angie’s Pizza & Pier 27 Lounge, and from Ryan’s Pub in Groton.
WIN a Trip for TWO to Ireland!
Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 4 pm @ Harp and Hound
The Mystic Irish Parade Foundation, in collaboration with the Town of Stonington Police Chief, Town of Groton Police Chief, and Ledge Light health district has decided that the best course of action is to postpone the 17th Annual Mystic Irish Parade, which was scheduled for Sunday March 22. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 virus.
“The decision to postpone the 17th Annual Mystic Irish Parade was not taken lightly, but we collectively feel it is in the community’s best interest at this time” said Neil Ryan, Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. “The parade is an amazing, local event and the board has worked hard to secure a postponement date for the local businesses and sponsors who support it and the families who enjoy it every year… We’ll all have our day in green soon enough!”
The annual parade, which has never been postponed before, typically has over 2,000 participants and is enjoyed by more than 30,000 spectators, taking its dedicated supporters more than a year to plan. “It’s unfortunate to have to cancel an event of this size that takes so much time and effort to produce. This decision did not come without great debate and a heavy heart but in the end the health and safety of our community and citizens must come first,” Ryan said.
The Postponement date has been set for Sunday October 25th and parade groups need not reapply. Future correspondence will be sent to all participants to confirm that they still wish to be in the parade. The Grand Marshal will still be Alexis Ann to lead the parade on Sunday October 25th at 1:00pm!
Additional information will be shared with media outlets and on our website regarding rescheduling the parade and we will be in touch with all participants, local affected businesses and our sponsors directly. For more information, please visit www.mysticirishparade.org and our Facebook page, @mysticirishparade.
Join us March 22, 2021 for the
region’s largest Irish Parade!
One Hundred Thousand Welcomes, or as the Irish would say, “Cead Mile Failte,” to the official website of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation!
Most renowned for the planning and execution of the annual Mystic Irish Parade in Connecticut, the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is a volunteer driven and registered nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible and directly help fund local charities, as well as the annual parade.
Over $2,000 is raised at MIPF events each year and then donated to local nonprofit organizations. In addition to organizing a spectacular parade for the community and raising funds for these charitable organizations, the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation is dedicated to promoting and sharing their Irish heritage!