Your Guide to Newport Irish Pride in March

It’s getting warmer and warmer and that’s when Newport truly thrives. One of the biggest themes this month is Irish Heritage Month. Newport’s annual, month-long celebration includes a host of events and activities including the 62nd annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Participating organizations include: the Museum of Newport Irish History, Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Fort Adams Trust, WADK and others. Here is the best of the best activities for everyone. To see EVERYTHING click here.

For the family:

A  major celebration of “All Things Irish,” is the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Saturday, March 17. Enjoy traditional Irish music & dance, food, tours, lectures and more! The most spirited parade in Newport will take place starting at Newport City Hall and make its way passed the steps of the Fitzroy. The whole spectacle is anticipated to last 2 hours, complete with Pipe Bands, Marching Bands, Fife & Drum Corps, Clown Units, reenactment units, and community organizations, but Newport’s bars and restaurants will be celebrating all day long. If you haven’t experienced this Newport tradition, pack your green sweatshirts and get ready to celebrate being –or pretending to be– Irish! BEST of all: There’s no better place to watch the parade than from our front porch!

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After the parade have fun with the  11th ANNUAL SAINT PATRICK’S DAY FAMILY CELEBRATION

1:00pm to 4:00pm / Location Martin Recreation Center “The Hut” – 35 Golden Hill Street

According to the official Newport parade site, there will be entertainment with; Bag Pipers, Edge Drumline, Irish step dancers, Tony the Dancing Cop, pirates, face painting, and more. There will be a “How Green AM I” contest with cash prize ($150, 100, & 50) and a $100 cash door prize!   There will also be giveaways. Entry is free!

Enjoy a classic good time at this non alcohol event at no cost and a chance to win prizes and money!

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For the history lover:

Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center
Admission: By Donation.
Noon to 5 pm on these six days:
Friday, March 9 – Saturday, March 10 – Sunday, March 11, Friday, March 16 – Saturday, March 17* – Sunday, March 18

In the heart of Newport’s best known Irish-American neighborhood, visitors will learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and of the many contributions made to our community by individuals of Irish descent. It is a fascinating look into the history organized around organized around several key aspects of life in the local Irish community and include maps, photographs, video, and artifacts. More information about all the events that in Ireland here!

For the art lover:

Irish Eyes An Artistic Celebration of Irish Heritage
Spring Bull Gallery Opening Reception: March 3, 2018 5-7 pm
In March, in Newport, everyone is Irish and Spring Bull Gallery joins in the celebration with an exhibit by local artists reveling in everything Irish. The official site describes the gallery as “through landscapes, quaint cottages, castles, the pounding surf of the Irish Sea and the hues of the lush vegetation Ireland will be depicted on the walls of Spring Bull Gallery by artists.” The show runs March 3 – April 3, 2018. Here is more information!
For the entertainment lover:
Dancing at the Forty Steps
March 4 – Free event – 3:00 pm – Weather permitting
This is the official opening event of the 41st Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month. It should be an amazing time! Commemorating the informal dances held here by the Irish who made Newport their home in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Live traditional music, demonstration of  traditional Irish set dancing and Ancient Order of Hibernian Men Singers!
Here is what it’s like:

 

For the curious adventurer:
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Trolley Tour of Irish Newport
SATURDAY – March 10th
First tour:
Leaves from Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. Newport at 10 am, Bus returns approx. 12 noon.
Second tour: Leaves Hibernian Hall at 1:30 pm

Admission free, but donations accepted. Space is limited, reservations required.

To Reserve or for Info. contact Mike Slein at
farmags@cox.net or (401) 855-5097
Love the Newport trollies? Love learning?
The 2-hour narrated tours include stops at sites of Irish interest such as The Forty Steps, Ochre Court, Barney St. Cemetery and an introductory visit to Museum’s Interpretive Center on Lower Thames Street.
As you can see there is tons to do to celebrate Irish history this month for everyone. Once again check out the main schedule for all of the green goodness. What is your favorite thing to do in Newport as the spring is starting?
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