Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day parades and the annual practice of dyeing the Chicago river green have been postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak, announced Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a press conference Wednesday. The decision comes after multiple other cities in the U.S., including Boston and Philadelphia, as well as the entire country of Ireland, have canceled or postponed their events for the holiday. “As you might imagine this was not an easy decision and we don’t take it lightly,” said Lightfoot. “We were mindful of the impact that this event has on our city and our communities. Nonetheless, like cities across the nation, we concluded that having a parade at this time posed unnecessary risks to the public’s health.”  This March 17, 2007 file photo shows thousands of people lining the riverfront as the Chicago River is dyed green as part of Chicago’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. AP Photo/M. Spencer Green Lightfoot added that officials postponed the events “out of an abundance of caution.”  Chicago’s world-famous downtown parade, one of three major parades planned in the city, was set to take place this Saturday, March 14. She did not announce a new date, but said the city will work

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