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

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The St. 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, AOH Father Flanagan’s Division sponsorship director, says the new August 1st parade date is an Irish holiday and is avoiding other responsibilities that families may have.

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

For this week some bars like Annie’s Pub are planning to have the party outside but the owner says they are watching the rain closely. Other bars declined to discuss their plans on camera.

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

Other establishments, such as Alderman’s Bar in Leavenworth, 6 News reports that provisions are being made to maintain traditions such as the holiday breakfast while creating an outdoor beer garden.

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

Bars in Omaha only need to adhere to the mask mandate.

Correction: In December, the AOH division asked Father Flanagan the city of Omaha about the possibility of hosting the holiday parade, a city spokesman said. Officials who issue parade permits said there were too many strangers to give an answer at the time.

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