The luck of the Irish better hold up this year as the celebration has taken it on the chin the past two year in a row.
The 2019 floods put some limit Covid-19 took its toll on the 2020 celebration with the cancellation of most of the activities.
The O'Neill Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel its 2020 parade. Other organizations followed suit soon after with the fun run and the wrestling at the high school being cancelled as well.
Downtown establishments remained open for those who choose to celebrate the day. The Fenians were no slave to the virus as they mixed their own cure and fenian queen Marge Walsh administered a cocktail to the Gil Poese Pond turning it a delightful Irish Green.
This year's celebration is full steam ahead as on Jan. 29 Governor Ricketts announced Nebraska’s transition from “blue” to the “green” phase of Nebraska’s COVID-19 response plan. The event will be held March 17 thru March 20.
New DHMs, effective Saturday, Jan. 30 until Feb. 28, 2021 include The maximum capacity for indoor gatherings, including youth extracurricular activities, goes from 75% to 100% which should clear the way for many of the events to take place.
"We are getting ready to host events on the shamrock. We have the t-shirts ordered and have made arrangements for some of the special events to take place. People are already sending in parade entry forms," said Chamber CEO Lauri Havranek.