Irish people living in Sydney will yet again have to find an alternative way of celebrating St Patrick’s Day this year after the organising committee of the annual parade and family day cancelled the event for 2017.
Due to substantial rainfall in Sydney this week, the Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Festivities and Children’s Parade in Prince Alfred Park on the 19th March 2017 have been cancelled.
Prince Alfred Park where the celebrations were due to take place is significantly saturated and unlikely to be dry for the celebrations on Sunday 19th March.
This poses a major safety risk and if the event were to go ahead it is envisaged that significant damage will be caused to the surface of the park.
The decision was taken by the Sydney St. Patrick’s Day Committee having taken advice from key stakeholders.
President Robert Kineavy said, “This is extremely disappointing, not only for the 30 volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this a stand out event but also for the thousands of people from the Irish and Irish Australian community who were to attend. The safety of the public is our main consideration, and that’s why this painful decision has been taken. Our Committee will investigate holding a similar event later this year”