COVID Safety Concerns Force Decision
January 4, 2022
The Executive Committee of the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Committee, the organizers of the annual Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade, have made the difficult decision to suspend all activities for this St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, 2022. The decision was shared in an email to the Parade Committee, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim and other area mayors and first selectmen. The reason for the decision is due to the increasing transmission of COVID-19 locally and globally.
“COVID will not be gone by March and we can’t put the safety of our community at further risk by attending large public gatherings like our parade and all the auxiliary events associated,” stated Liz Gilbert DeFeo, the Parade Committee’s Chairperson. “Health officials expect the peak of this wave of the virus will not be until next month and the residual will linger long into March, unfortunately,” Gilbert DeFeo added. “The Parade Committee wishes to acknowledge and thank the 2022 Grand Marshal Gerry Reidy of Fairfield for his support and contributions leading up to this decision,” Gilbert DeFeo said.
The Bridgeport parade has been a tradition since 1983 and has been held in rain, sleet, snow and sunshine until the COVID-19 global pandemic shut it down in 2020. While the Bridgeport parade was one of the last parades to cancel in 2020, it is among the first in 2022 because putting public safety first is the right thing to do.
For More Information, Contact:
Chairperson Liz Gilbert DeFeo, 203-545-1972
Treasurer Fred Garrity Jr. at 203-257-2176