ALBANY - The 2020 Albany Tulip Festival and all related events have been postponed over coronavirus,the city announced Monday.
The announcement came as the Centers for Disease Control Sunday issued guidance to cancel all mass gatherings of 50 or more people until at least May 10 over the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.
The 2020 Tulip Festival had been slated for May 8 to May 10, leading to its postponement Monday.
"Our Tulip Queen and Court serve an important function as ambassadors for the City," a release issued Monday reads. "Their volunteer work, including their literacy program, helps a number of local non-profits and schools. Accordingly, we will continue to proceed with a virtual interview process and look forward to announcing our new Queen and Court at the appropriate time."
Applications can be submitted through April 6 at AlbanyTulipQueen.com/nominate.
The city is working on other ways to celebrate the city's history and culture, as well as "creative ways to share our Tulips in bloom with you," through the city's social media sites.
The city will also continue to evaluate other summer festivals, including Alive at Five and Dad Fest in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.
"We hope everyone remains safe and we look forward to seeing you all in Washington Park this year!" the release concludes.