St. Patrick’s Day subdued across the world amid virus crisis

St. Patrick’s Day subdued across the world amid virus crisis
A woman holding an Irish themed flag is driven by St. Patrick's Cathedral after the annual parade was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in New York. New York state entered a new phase in the coronavirus pandemic Monday, as New York City closed its public schools, and officials said schools statewide would close by Wednesday. New York joined with Connecticut and New Jersey to close bars, restaurants and movie theaters along with setting limits on social gatherings. (Source: AP Photo/John Minchillo)

BOSTON (AP) — St. Patrick’s Day revelers across the world tried to salvage the holiday with makeshift celebrations after parades and parties were scrapped and residents were urged to hunker down at home to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

It was the first St. Patrick’s Day in more than 250 years without a large parade in New York City, but a small group of organizers marched the rain-soaked streets early Tuesday anyway to keep the tradition alive.

American Celtic punk band The Dropkick Murphys hoped to spread Irish cheer to those holed up in their homes with a concert that will be livestreamed Tuesday night on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook.

Landmarks around the world were lit up in green.

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