HAMILTON/ROBBINSVILLE --  Irish eyes will need to wait a little longer to be smiling and marching in the annual local St. Patrick's Day parades as the annual Hamilton Township St. Patrick's Day parade will be postponed and the Robbinsville St. Patrick's Day parade has been canceled.  

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin said that he met with the parade committee and a "mutual decision" was made to cancel the parade that typically draws thousands of participants and spectators.  The parade was scheduled to step-off on Saturday, March 14.  

Martin added that the parade draws the second largest number of crowds to a local Hamilton event each year and the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution for participants, attendees, and first responders."  He added that there is every intention to hold the parade at a later date. 

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Also on Thursday afternoon, Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried announced that, "in conjunction with the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association (RIHA),"2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for March 21 has been canceled.  The Robbinsville Police Department (RPD), under the leadership of Chief Chris Nitti, was to serve as Grand Marshall while John Ward has been bestowed the title of Irish Person of the Year. 

Gov. Phil Murphy recommended on Thursday that all public gatherings of more than 250 people, including parades, concerts and sporting events, should be canceled, saying "social distancing works.

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