Call it the luck of the Irish because Atlantic City is bringing its St. Patrick’s Day parade back! The Jersey Shore city will be restoring the tradition after it was put on pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the structural issues of the city’s boardwalk.
“There will be a parade,” city spokesperson Andrew Kramer told NJ Advance Media on Monday (Feb. 20).
After a Feb. 3 fire on the boardwalk, officials will be assessing how much weight will be allowed on the boardwalk during the parade.
“We’re still working out the final details. It will be on the boardwalk, without a doubt. It’ll just be shortened a little bit,” Egg Harbor Township Mayor Sonny McCullough, a member of the Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee said.
In 2020 and 2021 the St. Patrick’s Day parade was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2022, since the boardwalk’s condition began worsening, the city proposed an alternate route which parade organizers rejected. The publication reports that the reason behind the city’s rejected proposal was due to “additional costs and logistical hurdles.”
It was just two weeks ago when the city announced that the Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Committee has not yet submitted an application for the parade this year, Kramer said at the time.
“We would be open to holding a St. Patrick’s Day parade next year, or again down the line, if interest is expressed.”
The date of the parade and other details will be during a press conference today (Nov. 21).