Tasman Tempest rains on Auckland's St Patrick's Day parade

Ponsonby Rd was set to turn green on March 12 for the annual St Patrick's Day parade.

Ponsonby Rd was set to turn green on March 12 for the annual St Patrick's Day parade.

 Bad weather has forced the cancellation of Auckland St Patrick's Day festivities.

The St Patrick's Festival Parade and Irish Music and Dance Festival was due to go ahead in Ponsonby on Sunday.

But on Sunday morning organisers made the call to cancel the annual event due to the heavy rain and wind affecting Auckland and most of the North Island.

St Patrick's Festival Trust chairman Russell O'Brien believed it was the only the third time the event had been cancelled in its 23-year history. 

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He said with a lot of electricity on the parade floats, the health and safety risks were too high to let the performers continue in the rain.

"There's a significant amount of disappointment but also a lot of realism," O'Brien said.

"It's something we can't control. A lot of the social media feedback so far has been very positive and resolute and people are already looking forward to next year's event."

The St Patrick's Festival programme is an annual event in the lead-up to St Patrick's Day on March 17, featuring Irish costumes, floats, and bands.

More than 500 performers and volunteers are involved in the event, and O'Brien said they were disbanding and getting on with their normal Sunday routines.

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He said all remaining St Patrick's Day events for the week were likely to go ahead as they were indoors or covered so less weather-dependant.

It wasn't the only Auckland event affected by the bad weather this weekend, with a number of Auckland Council events either cancelled, relocated and postponed.

Onehunga Festival, Chamberlain Family Funfest, Kowhai Park Guided Walk, Brass at the Falls, as well as Movies and Music in Parks events had been affected.

 - Stuff

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