It is prominently known that Newport is steeped in history, from the colonial era to the Gilded Age. However, it is lesser known that the city has been infused with a substantial amount of Irish heritage since the early 1800s. During that time, Irish immigrants began moving to Newport in large numbers to embrace a variety of jobs, from working the coal mines in nearby Portsmouth to building Fort Adams State Park here in Newport.
Today, the city celebrates this heritage with a month-long roster of events, including the Newport Saint Patrick's Day Parade which will be held this Saturday, March 14, 2015. Newport's first parade took place in 1956. Today, thousands of spectators line the streets of downtown every Saturday preceding St. Patrick's Day to enjoy the two-hour parade featuring pipe and marching bands, fife and drum corps, reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits.
This Saturday, the 59th Annual Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade begins at 11:00am from Newport City Hall and will proceed down Thames Street to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustins Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward. Named one of The Best St. Patrick's Day Parades and Celebrations in New England by USA Today and Yankee Magazine, the parade encompasses endless seas of participants and spectators dressed in their finest greenery ready to celebrate the Irish culture. For more information on the St. Patricks Day Parade, check here