St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest and most looked forward to days for locals in Newport. March is also Irish Heritage Month in Newport, and there will be various activities happening throughout the month in order to celebrate Newport’s Irish roots. The highlight of these events is the 59th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will be held on March 14th. The parade lasts around 2 hours, starting at 11am at Newport City Hall. Various Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Clowns, reenactment units, local organizations, school and non-profits will be participating in this years parade. Events start early in the morning for various Irish Breakfasts and continue well into the night.
Many other Irish events will be taking place throughout the month. Irish Heritage Months kicks off on March 1st with Dancing at the Forty Steps. Live traditional music and dancing will be held here, weather permitting in order to honor the informal dances that were once held here by the Irish in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Hour long guided tours of Fort Adams discuss the importance of Irish labor in building the Fort in the 1800’s. On Thames Street, the Museum of Irish History will be open for visitors who would like to learn about Irish immigration to Newport from the 1600’s to the present. On March 7th, Viking Tours and the Museum of Irish History will be sponsoring the free Bus Tour of Irish History. The tours begins at the Museum of Irish History and visits many locations important in the Irish History in Newport, such as the Forty Steps, Ochre Courts and the Barney Street Cemetery.
There will be various musical performances throughout the month including Traditional Irish Music at Fastnet Pub on the weekends. There will also be Irish radio on various days during the month.
March is filled with many events to honor Newport’s rich Irish heritage. Be sure to check out some of the events while you’re in town!