Where can you park? What’s happening at your favorite bar? Everything you need for the 61st Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is right here!

The 61st Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 11th 2017, here’s everything you need to know for the big day.

The parade will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. 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.

As always,  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.

TIP: Cash is king on Parade Day, ATM’s often have long lines and/or run out of cash. Be prepared and bring plenty of cash with you.

Dedication

2017 will be historic for the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, it will be the first time in the 61 years of the Parade’s existence that there is a double dedication. The 61st Annual Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade has been dedicated to the memory of John Anthony Marshall and John Mello.

Parade Marshall

The 2017 Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be Claire Dias. In honor of her serving as Parade Marshall, the 2017 logo will draw on the features of her Irish and Portuguese descent.

Traffic Flow & Parking Restrictions

Traffic will be congested in the downtown area from about 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Parking will be limited. The parade participants will begin staging on lower Broadway at about 9:00 a.m., so it is recommended that people coming to Newport to view the parade avoid Broadway.

The two best routes into the city with available public parking are: Westbound on Memorial Blvd, right onto Bellevue Ave. (northbound), left on Church St. and right into the Waterfront Parking lot (situated between Church and Mary St.) Farewell St. South to America’s Cup Ave., and right into the Gateway parking garage.

Parking is usually prohibited on the following streets from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., all vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed: There is no parking available along the parade route.

  • Broadway from Cranston/Equality Park West to Washington Square
  • Equality Park Place and Equality Park West
  • Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd. (West side)
  • Bull St. at Spring St.
  • Spring St At Bull St.
  • Washington Sq. from Broadway to Thames St.
  • Thames St. from America’s Cup Ave. to Morton Ave.
  • Carroll Ave. from Morton Ave. to Harrison Ave.
  • Both sides of America’s Cup at the Gateway Center Narragansett Ave between Spring St and Bellevue Avenue.

Traffic Detours

  • Southbound Broadway diverted onto Marcus Wheatland Blvd southbound at Equality Park.
  • Spring St northbound diverted away from Broadway and up Bull St. to Kay St
  • Westbound Memorial Blvd West diverted northbound on Thames St at the Post Office
  • Northbound Thames St diverted away from America’s Cup up Mill St to Spring St.

Events, Activities and Things To Do Before and After The Parade

Official Events

Mass in Honor of St. Patrick
• St. Joseph’s Church, Broadway & Mann Avenue, Newport. 9:00am.
• In memory of deceased members of the Newport Irish Heritage Association.
Mayor’s Reception
• Newport City Hall
• Access on Broadway via front door or via newly installed elevator.
• 10:00 a.m.
• Coffee & pastries
• Free
Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center
• Learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present.
• Open 12 Noon to 5 pm.
• 648 Thames Street, Newport. 848-0661
• Members free; others by donation.
• www.newportirishhistory.org
Post-parade Party at Hibernian Hall – 12:00 pm
• AOH Hall, Wellington Avenue, Newport.
• Corned Beef sandwiches and plenty of Irish Music
• Advance tickets only: $20.00 – Cash bar
• Information and tickets: (401) 847-8671.
Post-parade Family Party
• An alcohol free family event.
• Location: TBD “The Hut”, (Behind the Newport Public Library) –
• Following the parade at 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
• Entertainment including bag pipers, Irish step dancers, Tony “the dancing cop,” pirates and more
• There will be a “How Green I Am” contest with cash prizes. <li>Food and refreshments.
• Entry is free!
• www.newportirish.com/events

Kevin Doyle’s Roscommon Soles
• Kevin Doyle’s Roscommon Soles takes the Greenwich Odeum stage with their latest show, Step into
the Irish Parlor-St. Patrick’s Day.
• The dance, music, and storytelling performance recreates an intimate family parlor of the 1960s on St.
Patrick’s Day, when memories travel back and forth in time to the tunes and the steps for an audience
of all ages.
• There are two wonderful opportunities to see this show, Saturday at 8pm. and a Sunday matinee at
3pm.
• For more information: www.greenwichodeum.com/2016/03/11/roscommon-soles/

Celebrating the Irish at the La Forge
• La Forge Restaurant
• 186 Bellevue Avenue, Newport.
• Great food including Corned Beef & Irish beverages
• Music & sing-a-longs with David O’Manuel
◦ Immediately following the parade until 5:00 pm
◦ Returning at 7:00 pm until 11:00 pm
• (401) 847-0418.
• www.laforgenewport.com

Happening At Bars & Restaurants

Editor’s Note: This list is very much a “live blog” and is being updated daily as we receive more, updated or changes to information that we receive from bars or restaurants. Check back this link often for the latest updates on what’s happening, new and to do in Newport on Parade Day!

Brick Alley Pub

  • Hours: Open at 8 a.m.
  • Cover: None
  • Additional Details: Brick Alley Pub will be offering their special St. Patrick’s Parade Day Breakfast Buffet, beginning at 8 a.m. Buffet features more than 12 options and is $14.95. All ages.

Plumby’s Upstairs Burger Bar (at Brick Alley Pub)

  • Hours: Open at 8:00 a.m.
  • Cover: None
  • Additional Details: PLUMBY’S Upstairs Burger Bar will begin serving food. 

Diego’s 

  • Hours: Open at 9 a.m.
  • Cover: $5 cover after 12 p.m.
  • Additional Details: Diego’s brunch starts 9 a.m.,  kitchen open until 9:30 p.m. No reservations, $5 cover after 12 p.m. Green margaritas, corned beef tacos and plenty of Dropkick Murphy’s on the stereo 

Wharf Pub

  • Hours: Open at 10 a.m.
  • Cover: $5 cover after 12 p.m.
  • Entertainment: Live music with Brian Scott from 12:30pm – 4:30pm, The Z Boys from 5pm to 9pm.
  • Additional Details:  The Wharf Pub will be serving parade day brunch from 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m., they are taking brunch reservations (call 401-619-5672). Cheap parade pre-game eats, normal menu 12 p.m. -9:30 p.m. .

Midtown Oyster Bar 

  • Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cover: $10+
  • Entertainment: Sean Rivers and John Erikson on the first floor, The HonkyTonk Knights on the 2nd floor.
  • Additional Details: Food Available (simplified menu).

Salt Water at Newport Harbor Hotel

  • Hours:
  • Cover: No cover
  • Entertainment: GQ & The Lady from 11:30 to 6,  Steve Mortrude 6:30pm
  • Additional Details: 7am -11 am breakfast  All day menu starting 11:30am

Buskers 

  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Cover: No Cover.
  • Entertainment: Live music with Brian Twohey
  • Additional Details: Serving a full Irish Breakfast and other food available. 2nd floor will be open.

Cafe Zelda

  • Hours: TBA
  • Cover: None
  • Additional Details: Limited menu.

Caleb & Broad

  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Cover: No Cover.
  • Additional Details: open by 9am and doing a breakfast burrito or breakfast sandwich and a beer for $8 from 9-11. Then a special parade day menu 11-4 then resuming normal dinner service 4-11pm.

Christie’s 

  • Hours: Open at 10 a.m.
  • Cover: No cover.
  • Additional Details:  Watch the parade from the rooftop deck at Christie’s opening at 10am with no cover charge Christie’s will be serving  Guinness and Cocktails, Classic Christie’s Burger amd Crispy Chicken Sandwich starting at 10 a.m. À la carte menu will be available at 5 p.m.

Clarke Cooke House

  • Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Cover: None
  • Entertainment: The C-Note Missionaries at 10 p.m. in the Candy Store.
  • Additional Details:

Dockside

  • Does not want to be included on this list

The Deck Restaurant & Bar

  • Does not want to be included on this list


Fastnet Pub

  • Hours: 8am to 1am.
  • Cover: No cover.
  • Enertainment: Irish music via stereo
  • Additional Details:

Fifth Element

  • Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Cover: No cover
  • Entertainment: No entertainment
  • Additional Details: Limited food menu from 9am to 5pm, regular dinner menu from 5pm to 1pm.

Firehouse Theater

  • Hours: Show at 8pm
  • Cover: $18 (8pm show) 
  • Entertainment: Live improv with The Bit Players
  • Additional Details: BYOB. All ages.

Gas Lamp Grille

  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Cover: $10+
  • Entertainment: Rug Burn 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. (1st floor), Fun House 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. (1st floor), DJ Remedy (upstairs) from 1 p.m. – 1 a.m.
  • Additional Details: Gas Lamp Grille is Going Green on Parade Day w/ All Glass – All Day. No plastic Cups, No Paper plates. They open at 8 a.m. with their annual Breakfast Buffet and their Make Your Own Bloody Mary Station is also available, Both run from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. They will be serving an abbreviated menu from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Jimmy’s Saloon

  • Hours: 12pm to 1am
  • Cover: $10
  • Entertainment: Live music with The Ravers from 2pm to 5pm and Glass Machines, Mammal Dap (from Northampton, MA) and Tai Chi Funk Squad from 5pm to 8pm.
  • Additional Details:  21+. Championship Melt will be providing the food.

Landing

  • Hours: 1pm7pm
  • Cover: TBA
  • Entertainment: TBA
  • Additional Details:

Lobster Bar

  • Hours: 12pm7pm
  • Cover: TBA
  • Entertainment: TBA
  • Addition Details: 

Malt

  • Hours: Open at 8am
  • Cover: None
  • Entertainment: None
  • Additional Details: Malt will be open at 9.00 am serving a traditional Irish breakfast and of course corned beef.

Mooring

  • Hours: 12 p.m. until ?
  • Additional Details: Serving normal menu.

Newport Blues Cafe

  • Hours: 10:30am to 1am | Live music starts at 11:30am
  • Cover: $10+
  • Entertainment: Felix Brown, 7 Day Weekend, Fast Times & Darik & The Funbags
  • Additional Details: Newport Blues will be serving their pub menu all day and night, from 11am to 11pm. The Blues will also be opening 2 Satellite bars.

Newport Sportsmans Club

  • Hours: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cover: Unknown
  • Entertainment: Down City Band 
  • Additional Details: In honor of St. Patrick’s day the Newport sportsman’s Club will be hosting a post-St.Patrick’s day post parade party after the Newport St.Patrick’s day Parade with entertainment from the Down City Band and catering from Nana’s Kitchen.For details call the Newport Sportsmans Club at 401-619-1280

O’Brien’s Pub

  • Hours: 9am to 1am
  • Cover: $20
  • Entertainment: DJ C Gray
  • Additional Details: Both inside and outside open. Outdoor patio will be tented and heated. Satellite bars inside & out. First 500 customers get OB’s St. Pats tee shirt for free. Serving breakfast sandwiches in the morning and a variety of sandwiches and burgers throughout the day including fresh corned beef sandwiches.

One Pelham East 

  • Hours: 11am to 1am (usually closed for an hour or so around dusk to restock)
  • Cover: Expect $10 – $30
  • Entertainment: Ryan McHugh & DJ Blacklist (more details to come)
  • Additional Details: Cash only. ATM available outside and upstairs on 2nd floor.

Parlor Bar & Kitchen 

  • Hours: 12pm to 1am
  • Cover: 
  • Entertainment: Post Parade Celtic Punk
  • Additional Details: 

Red Parrot – closed

Revolving Door

  • Hours: 5pm – close.
  • Additional Details: Normal Saturday schedule, menu and business.

Speakeasy Bar & Grill 

  • Hours: 9am to 1am
  • Cover: $5 +
  • Entertainment: Live music with  Tim Smith & Friends all day.
  • Additional Details: Food available.

Studio 3

  • Hours: 11am to 1am.
  • Cover: $5 – $20
  • Entertainment: DJ
  • Additional Details: Cash only.

Tavern On Broadway

  • Hours: 9am to 1am
  • Cover: No cover all day.
  • Entertainment: TBA
  • Additional Details: Open at 8am for a traditional Irish breakfast. Serving food all day. No cover all day.

The Pier

  • Hours: Open at 9am
  • Cover: No cover charge from 9am to 11am.
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment all day
  • Additional Details: Live entertainment all day, three bars and 3 dance floors. Prizes will be raffled off at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm. You must be present to receive your prize.

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