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Two-week celebration that ends the day before the Christian observance of Lent begins. This celebration is especially popular in New Orleans, where massive crowds of people gather to watch the spectacular parades that take place all over the city. It is notable within the context of the article because this type of gathering is a dangerous environment in which disease can easily be spread among people in the crowd.
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An annual cultural and religious celebration that takes place on March 17 in remembrance of the most significant saint in Ireland. This day is typically marked by large celebrations, especially in areas of the United States with large concentrations of Americans of Irish heritage. In the context of the article, it is significant that Van Johnson, the mayor of Savannah, Georgia cancelled the parade marking this event in 2020 due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
A virus that emerged in the Wuhan district of China in 2019 and quickly spread across the world in 2020. Its name is an abbreviation for "coronavirus" and the year in which it was first identified. Coronaviruses such as COVID-19 cause contagious disease in humans, meaning it can spread from person to person. As of August 2020, COVID-19 has infected millions and killed hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world as it continues its rapid spread. Social distancing by staying six feet apart from others and avoiding crowded spaces is one of the most effective measures to prevent the spread of this disease. For this reason, many large social gatherings have been canceled or postponed.