Coronavirus cancels Grand Rapids’ popular Irish on Ionia festival

GRAND RAPIDS – Irish on Ionia was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Project BarFly, which organizes the St. Patrick’s Day street party that routinely draws thousands of people to downtown Grand Rapids, confirmed to WOOD-TV 8 on Monday that the party had been canceled and cited public health concerns.

Irish on Ionia’s website – irishonionia.com – has been updated to reflect the cancellation.

A spokesperson added to WOOD-TV 8 that the organizers plan to “partner with the city of Grand Rapids for a much-needed celebration in 2022”.

After the 2020 cancellation, the organizers had tentative plans to hold Irish on Ionia on March 13th.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Muskegon has also been canceled. However, the JCI, the Muskegon 4H, and the Muskegon MSU Extension will be running a socially distant outdoor scavenger hunt.

The “Go Green Muskegon! The scavenger hunt begins March 13th at 9 p.m. and sends teams to see more of the city, support businesses, and win prizes. Registration is available on the Michigan State University website.

Also on March 13, Muskegon’s Western Avenue will be closed from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm so you can set up your ice cream parlor for an outdoor socially distant party called “Shamrockin ‘In Your Shanty.”

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