Naperville, St. Charles and East Dundee have joined Chicago in canceling St. Patrick’s Day festivities this weekend amid rising concerns of the coronavirus.

The suburban parades and other associated events typically draw thousands of spectators. But with the number of coronavirus cases increasing in Illinois, event organizers say they are following a recommendation by public health officials to avoid large gatherings as a way to prevent the disease from spreading.

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SOURCE ( Lauren Rohr / Daily Herald)