St. Patrick’s Day celebrations return to Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the celebration that accompanies St. Patrick’s Day is returning to Providence.

The parade takes center stage on Saturday, but festivities began on Thursday.

Inside the chambers of City Council, local leaders and residents joined together for a performance from the Goulding School of Irish Dance.

“I’m the daughter of those Irish immigrants” Councilwoman Joann Ryan, Ward 5, explained to ABC6, “I’m very proud to be here today to celebrate my Irish heritage.”

She continued, “It’s a nice warm up for festivities that are going to happen at the Providence St. Patrick’s Day parade.”

Mayor Jorge Elorza also spoke to ABC6 News, explaining his excitement for the event,

“It’s been two years I think it’s been long enough. We can’t just stop our way of life but we can adjust and take precautions.” Elorza continued, “Please come out and support our local businesses, come out and help them make up for what they’ve lost, and frankly in coming together let’s make up for some that we’ve lost in that human contact.”

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