When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, it was right around the date of the event. Senator Collins and the St. Patrick’s Day and Evacuation Day Heritage Fund made the decision, in conjunction with the mayor, to cancel the breakfast. With COVID-19 still among us and the difficulties and challenges so many Americans have endured over the last year, we are bringing back the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast with a live virtual event.
The annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast has been held in Boston for over 100 years. Traditionally an in-person, invitation only event, it has historically been hosted by a local Boston elected official and includes music, commemoration and a little bit of humor. It brings together elected officials, local residents and often national and international dignitaries to share food, banter and bring attention to big issues. In the 1970s the breakfast expanded to a live televised event. In 2013, Former State Senator Linda Dorcena-Forry made history by being the first woman and woman of color to host the breakfast. Senator Collins took on the reigns as host in 2019 and moved it to a new location for the first time in over 10 years to the Flynn Cruiseport Boston.
For additional history on the breakfast, click here.