There won’t be a St. Patrick’s Day parade — this month, anyway

The Hibernian Society of Utah will host a virtual party on March 13.

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Shamrocks and sunshine were plentiful as Salt Lake City’s Irish community celebrated their 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2018. But due to COVID-19, there won't be a St. Patrick's Day parade this month.

As in 2020, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade won’t happen in March this year due to COVID-19. However, the Hibernian Society of Utah plans to put on the parade later this year — in the fall. Because, as it turns out, Sept. 25 is the halfway mark in the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

“Our hope is that vaccines will be widely distributed by that time and we can celebrate in the fashion we are accustomed to,” said Sean Clark of the Hibernian Society in an email. But he added that parade organizers are “monitoring the situation” and will reevaluate if it’s still risky for people to gather by September.

The group is also holding a virtual St. Patrick’s Day party on March 13. Clark says it won’t be quite the same as celebrating in person, of course, but he promises there will be “the shenanigans you’d expect from the Irish.”

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, tune in to the live broadcast, which will feature traditional Irish bands, dancers and toasts. The Hibernian Society recommends that of-age attendees come with an “ample supply of Irish beverages.”

Join the virtual St. Patrick’s Day’s party here, or through the Hibernian Society’s Facebook page.