Irvine Marymass Festival canceled for second year due to coronavirus

The annual Marymass Festival has been canceled for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.

Planners say they couldn’t promise all guidelines would be followed at the Irvine event and were forced to cancel the historic celebration again.

On the Marymass Festival Facebook page, planners posted: “Due to ongoing restrictions, the Irvine Carters Society has made the inevitable decision to cancel this year’s Forth Port Parade and Captains Parade, including the 2021 bog activities.

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“After examining all possible options and discussing them with our partners with great reluctance, we have to come to the conclusion that it would not be possible to hold this year’s festival due to the persistently long list of unknowns.

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“The health and well-being of the Irvine community are of paramount importance to us. In the current climate, both Irvine Carters and the Marymass Festival Committee cannot guarantee that they will meet all of the requirements necessary to make the events safe.” So cancellation was the only option.

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“We would support third party events during Marymass that could meet all relevant guidelines and restrictions.”

This is the third time in history that the popular annual festival has been thrown into turmoil in its 93 years. The festival was canceled from 1940 to 1945 when World War II was raging.

And this is the second year Kerris-Lee Galloway rules the Marymass Queen with her Marys Molly Scott, Brooke Chapman, Erin Russell and Aimee McNulty.

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