The annual bi-state Quad Cities St. Patrick's Day has been officially canceled due to concerns of the coronavirus.

The St. Patrick's Society officially announced on Wednesday (March 11th) that the 35th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for Saturday is canceled, according to the Quad-City Times.

The annual bi-state parade was planned for Saturday at 11:30 a.m., following the CASI's annual St. Patrick's Day run in Davenport. A post-parade party was also scheduled to follow the parade but that too has been canceled along with other events surrounding the parade.

According to the Quad-City Times, the decision to cancel the parade came at the request of the Rock Island County Board of Health. As events across the country have become canceled or rescheduled due to concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, officials from the St. Patrick's Society decided to follow suit and cancel the parade.

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic.

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