In a news release on their Facebook page, Historic Delano announced that they would no longer host the Delano St. Patrick’s Parade.
The parade has not taken place since 2019. One of the biggest parades in town has since been canceled since the pandemic began in 2020. It’s a big blow to one of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day traditions over the past 10+ years.
Here’s the announcement in its entirety.
It is with a heavy heart that moving forward, we have made the decision not to continue with the Delano St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Many know this event as Wichita’s only St. Patrick’s Parade and look forward to it every year.
Two years ago in March of 2020, it was a confusing time to put on events. We were one of the first events in Wichita that year to cancel its operation due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and the impact it could possibly have on crowds. The pressure built up during the weeks leading up to the event, and the day before the parade, we had to call
Since then, we have canceled the parade each year. This was because each time the parade came around to plan, there was new uncertainty with whatever information had been circulating at that time. Attendance, sponsorships, and public opinion were unpredictable.
Over time our team’s lives have changed, and our passions along with them. Personally, I want to thank you for the 14 years of celebrating with us since the parade’s inception. I also want to thank my grandmother, Nancy Lawrence for all of the hard work she put into this parade each year.
You have given us so many wonderful memories, and we are grateful.
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