Plans for the St Patrick’s Day Parade got washed away by heavy rain on the weekend.
St Patrick’s Festival NZ announced on their Facebook page that the decision to cancel or continue with the parade would be made by 10:30 am.
But at 10:00 am, the group announced that the parade’s organiser had made the call to cancel it.
St Patrick’s Festival NZ has been coordinating the different events and festivities surrounding St Patrick’s Day in New Zealand since 1995. It was started by a passionate group of Irishmen in order to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and New Zealand’s rich Irish connections.
The parade was set to go down Ponsonby Road at midday on Sunday, March 12 and was to be followed by an Irish music and dance festival at Western Park.
The festival would have included traditional Irish dancing, food stalls and children’s activities till 5 pm.
Reactions to the news were much the same saying that it was “bad luck” and “a shame” but “in the end the right decision”.
It is the second time in 24 years that the parade has been cancelled but from people’s comments on Facebook, the wet weather has in no way dampened their spirits as they intend to make up for it on St Patrick’s Day March 17.
Where you can celebrate St Patrick’s Day
With more than 15 Irish pubs for Aucklanders to choose from, they aren’t short of a place to mark this cultural and religious celebration.
While the Fiddler Irish Pub are turning St Patrick’s Day into a weekend affair with live music all day and night from early Friday morning to late Sunday night.
Auckland’s Irish Society Club will kick St Patrick’s Day off with an open air Mass at 11:00 am to be followed by food, music, dancing and drinking from midday till late.