The Iconic Irish On Ionia in Grand Rapids Cancelled For Second Year In A Row Due To Coronavirus Pandemic
For the second year in a row, Ionia Avenue will be quiet for St. Patrick's Day because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers announced on Monday that they would be cancelling the event for the second year in a row because of public health concerns.
The Irish on Ionia website posted a statement in regards to the celebration:
"With tears in our eyes and with our saddest regard, we have to officially postpone Irish On Ionia 2021. Due to our current status of the pandemic and in relation to mass gatherings and the public health considerations of our city, we have no choice but to postpone IOI again this year. We are working cooperatively with our city partners and plan to release an official 2022 date soon."
So, despite the fact that they used the word "postponed", it essentially means that it is cancelled because they make no mention of any 2021 celebration taking its place. Instead, they mention how they are looking ahead to 2022 for the next celebration.
Another St. Patrick's Day celebration in West Michigan also announced a cancellation according to an article by Wood TV 8. Muskegon's St. Patrick's Day Parade has been cancelled but, a socially distanced Go Green Muskegon Scavenger Hunt is still planned for March 13th at 9am.