'So many wonderful memories': Delano St. Patrick's Day parade discontinued after 14 years
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Delano St. Patrick’s Day parade has made the decision to not continue after skipping the previous two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"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," said Cameron Lawrence said in a press release announcing the news. "Many know this event as Wichita’s only St. Patrick’s Parade and look forward to it every year."
You can read the rest of the release below.
"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 it off.
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.
Overtime 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 parades inception. I also want to thank my grandmother, Nancy Lawrence for all of the hard work she put into this parade each year.