Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown has announced that the St. Patrick's Day parade has been as a precaution against the spread of the coronovirus.

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The 27th annual "Old Neighborhood" Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled. The Buffalo St. Patrick's Day Parade, which was supposed to take place Sunday has now officially been cancelled, said Mayor Brown in a press conference streamed via WGRZ.  St. Patrick's Day parades around the country, including in RochesterNew York City and Pittsburgh have already been cancelled.

"The United Irish American Association says both the Old First Ward Parade and Buffalo's main parade down Delaware Avenue will not take place this year." ~ Spectrum News Buffalo

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The COVID-19 viral disease, which is in at least 114 countries and has killed more than 4,000 people, has been designated a pandemic by the world Health Organization, according to NPR.

"This is the first pandemic caused by coronavirus. We have rung the alarm bell loud and clear." ~ WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  via NPR

 

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