UPDATED: Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled after all

Courtesy Kelly's St. Patrick's Day Parade Facebook page

The 31st annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for this Sunday will be canceled after all.

Earlier today, parade organizers said the event was still on. But the Town of Nags Head announced late this afternoon that the parade is canceled “out of an abundance of caution.”

The decision was made after consulting with the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services and determining that is is in the best interest of the public’s health, safety and wellness to cancel.

“We realize how many people look forward to this yearly event and we look forward to next year,” the post said.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, created by Kelly’s Restaurant owner Mike Kelly, began as a way to break up the winter doldrums and get the community ready for the summer season. Though Kelly’s restaurant has since closed, Mike Kelly has continued the tradition, with the parade now including more than 100 entrants and drawing up to 8,000 attendees. 


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