DAVENPORT, Iowa —
The CASI St. Patrick's Day Race and Grand Parade have been canceled.
These annual events to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in the Quad Cities have been canceled due to concerns over coronavirus.
Saturday, March 14 was set to kick off with the 38th CASI St. Patrick's Day Race.
The event, put on by the Quad Cities Center for Active Seniors, is the senior center's largest fundraiser. It was canceled on Thursday morning, March 12. The annual event includes 3 races: the ¼ mile Tot Trot for children, a 1 Mile Family Fun Run, and the big 5K.
Also canceled this year, is the Grand Parade, the annual St. Patrick's Day march that travels across the Mississippi River through Davenport and Rock Island.
The St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities tells News 8 the decision was made late Wednesday, March 11 after a request from the Rock Island County Health Department. Society leaders say there will be a parade in the future, and the group is looking into options for later this year.
Before the decision was announced, parade organizers said participants were not allowed to distribute objects of any kind.