All parades and festivals in Boston are canceled for the summer, up to and including Labor Day on Sept. 7, due to coronavirus concerns, Mayor Marty Walsh announced today.
"While we're planning a healthy reopening and an equitable recovery process, I know this announcement will be disappointing to many residents and organizations that look forward to these events each year," said Walsh said in a statement.
Smaller events will be looked at by a “case by case basis,” Walsh said at a news conference Friday.
The city is looking for “creative alternatives” for the large-scale events that the city hosts, he continued.
"This is a hard public health decision, but it's the right one. I encourage people to rethink their events, and thank them for their work to inspire us, and help our communities get through this difficult time," he continued.
The city is encouraging organizers to host virtual events instead.