Chicago has joined the ranks of cities around the world to scrap St. Patrick’s Day parades over concerns about spreading the new coronavirusBy DON BABWIN Associated PressMarch 11, 2020, 8:45 PM4 min readCHICAGO — Chicago on Wednesday joined the ranks of cities around the world to scrap St. Patrick’s Day parades amid concerns about spread of the new coronavirus, calling off an event that attracts tens of thousands of revelers who line the streets, pack themselves into pubs and peer into a river that every year is turned bright green. Chicago’s mayor said she couldn’t risk the kind of gathering that scientists warn could hasten the further spread of COVID-19. “Like cities across the nation, we concluded that having a parade at this time posed an unnecessary risk to the public’s health,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters at a news conference with a supportive Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. Chicago’s parade had been scheduled for Saturday, ahead of St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday. “We all know what the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations mean to the city of Chicago,” said Pritzker, a Democrat. “Because of what we’ve seen nationally, and across the world, of the increased risk of large gatherings, this was


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