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St. Patrick's Parade in Fargo-Moorhead canceled over coronavirus concerns

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A view of the 2019 St. Patrick's Parade in downtown Fargo. Forum file photo

FARGO — The St. Patrick's Parade in Fargo-Moorhead has been canceled over concerns about large gatherings and the potential risk of spreading the new coronavirus.

The host organization, the Downtown Community Partnership, made the announcement Thursday morning, March 12, two days before the 24th annual event was scheduled to roll down the streets of Fargo-Moorhead. The event has typically drawn thousands of spectators and was set to feature more than 50 floats this year.

"With the wellbeing of spectators, parade participants, volunteers and the community being the primary focus, the Downtown Community Partnership (DCP) has made the decision to cancel this year's parade based on the heightened concerns of the potential risk of spreading the COVID-19 in mass gatherings around events," the DCP said in a written statement.

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