Sad news if you’re looking to parade your Irish cheer in Vancouver this year. Vancouver’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is cancelled.
According to John Donnelly, executive producer of the CelticFest parade, it was cancelled due to weather uncertainty and lower sponsorship.
“This decision was made because the parade had declining sponsorship and the weather was always a challenge,” Donnelly told Daily Hive via email.
But there is still hope.
This year, the parade will be replaced with a free community festival on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, at Robson Square and on Robson Street.
The event will feature food trucks, live bands, artisan vendors, family activities, Irish dancing, a beer garden, and Celtic music at the Celtic Village.
“Using Robson Square provides an outdoor covered area so we will have a great party rain or shine. It allows us to feature bigger and better groups and still involves most of the parade participants too,” said Donnelly.