2021 Mystic Irish Parade Postponed
Mystic, CT., January 28, 2021 – With travel and other restrictions remaining in place across the U.S. and state because of COVID-19, the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation has decided to postpone its 18th Annual Mystic Irish Parade, which had been scheduled for March 21st.
The decision was a difficult one for organizers to make, especially since the annual parade that draws thousands each year had to be cancelled last year.
“We are sorry to say we’re going to have to postpone parade,” said Neil Ryan, Vice President of the Mystic Irish Parade Foundation. “The parade board is looking at options that would allow us to safely and responsibly celebrate the day in other ways. We will share details on this as soon as we can.”
The annual parade, which had never been postponed or cancelled until the pandemic struck the United States last year, 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 parade board would like to thank the following for all your support and understanding. Our sponsors, participants, volunteers, the towns of Groton and Stonington and last but not least our spectators and Grand Marshal Alexis Ann.
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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.
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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!