St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival has been cancelled.
It is with a heavy heart that the Village of Hoosick Falls, in conjunction with the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Day Committee, announces that we are postponing this Saturday's Saint Patrick's Day Parade. This includes the parade in the Village and the Irish Festival scheduled for after the parade in the Hoosick Falls Armory. After consulting with County and State officials, we feel that this is the correct choice, and follows in the steps of similar cancellations of the parade in Boston, New York, and just this morning, Albany NY.
We understand the economic impact this will have on our amazing local businesses and our community, as the Hoosick Falls St. Patrick's Day festivities are one of the biggest and best celebrations of the year, bringing in people from all around the tri-state area.
We understand the stress this will put on them, as well as the committee, who has worked countless hours on preparations. We are very sorry for this, and are looking ahead to a possible September 2020 date to reschedule this great event.
The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) is a serious concern across the globe, and is becoming increasingly a focus in New York State. While there have not been any confirmed cases in Hoosick Falls or Rensselaer County, neighboring counties Albany, Saratoga, and Bennington (VT) have had their first confirmed cases in the past week.
This action is being taken in an abundance of caution to protect public health. The Village urges people to review the CDC guidance on coronavirus. All high-risk groups should exercise extreme caution in participating in any other events this weekend.