Come celebrate the luck of the Irish by attending the 61st Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 11th. Each year, this exciting event will be the perfect way to kick off the spring and have some Irish fun. Rain or shine, the locals and tourists come join the spirit of the holiday, and wear their green attire.
Parade Details & Activities
The Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade starts 11:00am at the Newport City Hall and will carry on to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church. It will be two hours of entertainment featuring pipe bands, marching bands, clown units, reenactment units, and owners of local, state, and regional businesses. Some of the local hero’s will be marching or riding on the fire trucks. Even the boy scouts, girl scouts, local schools, non-profit organizations and more will be participating.
Most of the Newport Saint Patrick’s Parade will be downtown among the bars and restaurants. So before the parade, you can join brunch spots in Newport’s delicious restaurants. Maybe have an early bloody mary or a mimosa. Just make sure to have a reservation.
There will many opportunities to bar hop throughout the day in Newport and keep the stimulation going. Especially, the Irish pubs on Thames Street near the parade. Buskers, Fastnet, O’briens Pub, Celtica Public House, and Brick Alley Pub. Cash is definitely recommended for cover charges at the door live music.
Extra Family & Fun
If you want more family time, join the 10th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Family Celebration the day before the parade. You will definitely feel the Irish spirit with bag pipers, edge drumline, Irish step dancers, pirates, face painting and much more. When you walk through the door, you are being judge by “How Green am I” contest with cash prices $50, $100, and $150 plus more giveaway. Free entrée as well. 1:00 to 4:00.
After a long day celebrating the Irish holiday, there is the option of staying at our humble inn. We are only around the corner from the parade, and a ten minute walk from downtown.
Remember to wear you green gear or get pinched!
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!
The annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 16th, 2013. The fun and festivities begin early for most Newporters with parties and brunches going on all around town. The parade itself begins at 11:00am at Newport City Hall and ends in the Fifth Ward. See the parade line up on Mann Avenue just off of Kay Street and only steps away from the Inn. For more information on the parade go to http://www.newportirish.com/parade.html.