South Side Irish Parade 2021 cancelled

The South Side Irish Parade for 2021 has been cancelled. The City of Chicago announced it will not issue any permits for parades or large gatherings in the first quarter of 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns. The parade committee said is is exploring "alternative expressions of celebrating the communities' Irish Heritage this year." (Review file photo)

This year's South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled.

Just like last year, COVID-19 is preventing the neighborhood tradition from being held.

"Due to the continued public health concerns of COVID-19, the City of Chicago has announced it will not be issuing any permits for parades or large gatherings in the first quarter of 2021; therefore the 2021 South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade will not run its traditional march down Western Avenue," the parade committee said in a release on Feb. 2. "To respect the public health and safety of all, the South Side Irish Parade Committee is exploring alternative expressions of celebrating the communities' Irish Heritage this year."

The parade has traditionally been held on a Sunday around St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

Last year's parade was canceled about a week before its scheduled date of March 15.

Local Catholic elementary schools teachers were the grand marshal, with the Tom Hopkins Foundation serving as the honoree.

This story will be updated as more details become available.