Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled as coronavirus mitigation efforts pick up

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Shawnee had been set for Sunday. Organizers announced today it was canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The city of Shawnee and the Irish-American Club of Johnson County announced this morning that the annual Shawnee St. Patrick’s Parade¬† has been canceled in an effort to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus. The announcement distributed by the city is below:

The Irish-American Club of Johnson County and the City of Shawnee have made the difficult decision to cancel the Shawnee St. Patrick’s Parade and Duck Race that was scheduled for Sunday, March 15. The safety of our community is always our highest priority. We feel that with the confirmed cases of coronavirus in Johnson County and with all the recent closures and cancellations locally and nationally, we need to not take the risk to continue to hold the community events on Sunday.

The Shawnee Sister Cities Committee will still be holding a Duck Race drawing for those who have purchased Duck Race tickets. That drawing for the winners will be held at Jake’s Place at 12001 Johnson Drive on Sunday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. People do not need to be present to win. You will be contacted if you win a prize.

We are in daily communication with local, County and State health officials and will continue to provide updates on any changes moving forward.