In honor of the holiday, a mass was held in St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The parade on the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day – the patron saint of Ireland -takes place in New York on Wednesday, mainly in a virtual format due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus. The organizers are broadcasting on their website.
In honor of the holiday, a mass was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is one of the main Catholic churches in the United States, on Wednesday morning. It was closed to the public but was broadcast live on the YouTube video hosting service. The service was attended by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who earlier took part in a small march along Fifth Avenue, surrounded by soldiers of the 69th Infantry Regiment of New York, which consists mainly of immigrants from Ireland.
Last year, the traditional parade was canceled for the first time because of the pandemic. This time, the organizers decided instead of the usual mass march through the center of the Manhattan district to limit themselves to showing recordings of past parades. Appeals from politicians and public figures of Irish descent will also be shown.
The virtual parade and mass this time are dedicated to emergency workers who are involved in the fight against the pandemic and those who helped save people after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In the United States in September, commemorative events are expected to be held connected with the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The parade organizers are going to broadcast excerpts of interviews with some emergency service employees on Wednesday.
The tradition of holding parades in honor of St. Patrick, who spread Christian teachings in Ireland, originated in New York in 1762. The processions held on the day of the saint’s death, March 17, are a tribute to the culture, history, and customs of Ireland, which played a major role in forming the United States. According to the latest data from the US Census Bureau, at least 32 million Americans have Irish roots, which is several times the population of Ireland itself.