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O'Shea's Irish Pub stays open even without St. Patrick's Day parade

The parade's official pub is keeping the party going without the annual parade.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Traditions were halted this year when the Louisville St. Patrick’s Day parade was halted amidst the spread of the coronavirus.

“My husband and I have been coming out for 15 years,” Lisa Romans said. “We never miss a parade day but unfortunately there is not a parade today.”

O’Shea’s Irish Pub decided to keep the party, and traditions, going.

“It was always how can we adapt, how can we make this work, and still have people come out and enjoy the festivities,” Head Server Abigail Houchens said.

Staff want to ensure people can enjoy themselves safely. They’re taking extra precautions to prevent any illness from spreading.

“[We have] plenty of gloves, we’re sanitizing tables before and after people leave, we’re sanitizing every menu after they’re picked up,” Houchens said.

It’s not just staff who are working hard to take precautions, people who are heading to the festivities are too.

“I noticed that people are being more conscious about touching each other, touching their face, and there is more handwashing going on than normal,” customer William Shekarian said.

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