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St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off Saturday

NEWPORT, R.I. — Heading to the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Newport? Here’s what you need to know. 

The 63rd Annual Newport, Rhode Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  It will begin promptly at 11:00 am from Newport City Hall and will proceed to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward.  The parade this year is estimated to last 2 hours and will include Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Fife & Drum Corps, Clown Units, 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.

The Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is always held on the Saturday preceding March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), unless the 17th is a Saturday in which case it is held on that day.

Every year we honor two individuals.  A Grand Marshal and a Dedicant.  This year our parade is dedicated to Leonard T. Murphy (1936 – 2018) and the Grand Marshal is Robert Lehane.

About This Year’s Button:

Our yearly button designs try to incorporate the vocation or interests of our Grand Marshal.  For the 2019 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade our Grand Marshal is Robert “Bobby” Lehane.


Listen to the Marshals. . . each division has at least 2.

No Throwing . . . items must be handed to people along the sidewalks. This is a SAFETY issue. Think about the children!

Discharging of Weapons or Ordnances are Prohibited . . . this is a liabilty issue.

24 Hour Rule . . . contracted parade participants agree not to perform or appear at any business establishment on the island which does not financially support the parade for 12 hours prior or 12 hours after the parade.

Parade Posters . . . business that support the parade will have the offical Parade Poster displayed in the establishment.  By supporting them, you are supporting yourselves!

No Collecting / Solicitations . . . vending is not allowed per order of Newport City Council . . . NO EXCEPTIONS!

No Public Drinking . . . ‘nuf said? How about $1,000 fine?

No Loud Sirens/Horns . . . sirens/horns must be used sparingly as they interfere with the bands and other participants.

No Silly String . . . or littering the streets with any other paraphernalia.

No Advertising . . . only businesses who have advertised in the parade booklet are allowed to display advertising.

Do Not Stop the Parade . . . only selected bands should stop at the reviewing stand.

After the Parade . . . DON’T STOP. . . keep moving past review stand and down one of the 4 streets away from the route.  Marshals will direct you.

Above all else – obey the rules in your contract!


The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. Parade participants will begin staging on lower Broadway at 9:00 a.m.

Parking restrictions begin at 5:00 a.m. until approximately 3:00 p.m. All vehicles parked in restricted areas will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

Parking is not allowed on the following streets;
Broadway from Cranston/Equality Park West to Washington Square
Equality Park Place and Equality Park West
Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Boulevard (West Side)
Spring Street at Bull Street
Washington Square from Broadway to Thames Street
Thames Street south from America’s Cup to Morton Avenue 
Carroll Avenue from Morton Avenue to Harrison Avenue
Both sides of America’s Cup Avenue at the Gateway Center
Narragansett Avenue between Spring Street and Bellevue Avenue

Traffic flow is anticipated to be heavy so plan your driving accordingly. There are 2 public lots available in the downtown area. The Waterfront Parking Lot, 9 Mary Street and the Gateway Center, 23 America’s Cup Avenue.

The Newport Police Department will have a strong uniformed and plainclothes presence to make this a fun, safe and family friendly event. The Newport Police Department will be strictly enforcing City Ordinances (open containers of alcohol in public, noise violations, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking) along the parade route and the surrounding areas.

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