Protesters tear down a poster of President Assad in Daraa, Syria. (AP)

Not a whole lot to celebrate in the diplomatic community these days, and the social scene that depends on it is likely to suffer. One casualty: The first ever Syrian American Awards Gala, scheduled for April 16, has been canceled.

About 700 guests were expected at the party at the downtown Ritz-Carlton, a joint venture hosted by the Syrian embassy and a cultural society to honor Syrian-Americans of great achievement.

But with the recent turmoil, “we thought it would be appropriate to postpone it,” said embassy spokesman Ahmed Salkini. “We know there are people that have died on the streets.”