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St. Patrick’s Day for the second year in a row will be largely virtual in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) – New York City is set to host Virtual St. Patrick’s Day, the annual parade celebrating the Irish heritage, a year after becoming one of the city’s first victims of the coronavirus.

Although the usual huge parade in the city with marching bands has been canceled, several dozen people are expected to march at 6 a.m. to keep the tradition alive, said Bill de Blasio, the mayor’s spokesman.

Then at 8 in the morning. There will be a live broadcast of St. Patrick’s Day Liturgy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on March 30, according to the parade organizers’ website. The virtual parade featuring the videos of previous years’ marching bands will follow at 10 a.m., and at 11 a.m., an hour-long Facebook show will feature performances by singers Andy Cooney and Moya Brennan.

Crowds of people usually stand on Fifth Avenue for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City, which has its roots in the 1760s.

The city was just beginning to stop spreading the coronavirus to St. Patrick’s Day 2020. On the holiday, de Blasio waited days before the parade to cancel it. A small group walked in the rain before 7 o’clock in the morning

St. Patrick’s Day is usually a big business – it is the main date of the tourist calendar for the city’s taverns, restaurants.

This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the festivities will be counted. Institutions that serve alcohol can only do so if they provide food. The closing time is 23.00. Taverns and taverns, like all restaurants, can only fill 35% of their seats. It will increase to 50% two days after the vacation.

The rest of the house can participate in the program “Catholic Faith Network” at 5 pm, which is attended by parade leaders ղեկավար Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York և WNBC will broadcast “St. Patrick’s Day. Celebration for everyone “h. On the 19th


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