Major events and St. Patrick's Day festivities, including Chicago's parade and SXSW music festival, are being canceled or postponed due to COVID-19.

However, KWQC reports that the Quad Cities' annual St. Patrick's Day parade is still taking place, albeit with some adjustments, as of Wednesday evening.

Parade officials announced that no beads or candy will be passed out at the celebrations, in an effort to avoid germ transmission.

"I know this is disappointing and foils the plans of most, perhaps, all of our Parade participants (including the St. Patrick Society) but I am sure you can appreciate that this decision is made for the health of all involved," officials said in a statement released to TV6.

No exceptions will be made to the new parade rules.