The Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade has been canceled, amid fears of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The virus is spreading quickly across the world, and it has put a damper on a lot of fun for people.

The parade is not alone in its cancelation, as many large events have been canceled (including concerts, sporting events, and other entertainment events.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, this year's parade, which would have been its 249th, is canceled.

Before last night's announcement the St. Patrick's Day Observance Association of Philadelphia had every intention of still holding the parade and they just told parade spectators to stay home and just watch the parade on TV. City officials are advising residents and visitors to avoid crowds of over 5,000 people at this time to limit the spread of the virus, the Inquirer reports. 

From all the articles I read, it was definitely a hard decision to make because of everyone involved, but the  St. Patrick's Day Observance Association of Philadelphia thinks it's best for everyone.