Omaha bars and restaurants make their own plans for St. Patrick’s Day

Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 10:24 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Saint Patrick’s Day celebration was one of the first to fall victim to the pandemic last year and the forecast doesn’t look much better this week.

Michael McCarville, sponsorship director of the AOH Father Flanagan Division, says the new parade date August 1st is an Irish holiday and avoids other commitments families might have.

“Football season--the college and high school football seasons. And [we] want to get it done before school starts because parades are a family event,” McCarville said.

For this week, some bars like Annie’s Pub plan to host the party outside, but its owner say they’re keeping a close eye on rain. Other bars declined to talk on camera about their plans.

Omaha still mandates masks, but the state lifted restrictions. So guidance at this point comes from the CDC.

Other establishments like Alderman’s Bar on Leavenworth tell 6 News it’s taking precautions to keep on traditions like holiday breakfast, while setting up an outdoor beer garden.

The CDC recommends staying 6 feet away from others and avoiding large crowds, which can be difficult to maintain at some bars that are also trying to stay alive on year into the pandemic.

Bars in Omaha are only required to adhere to the mask mandate.

Correction: In December, AOH Father Flanagan Division inquired with the City of Omaha about the possibility of hosting the holiday parade, according to a spokesperson for the city. Officials who issue parade permits said there were too many unknowns at that time to provide an answer.

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