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58th  ANNUAL - NEWPORT, RI - ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

March 15th 2014

 

The 58th Annual Newport, Rhode Island Saint Patrick's Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 15th 2014.  It will begin promptly at 11:00am 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.

 

About This Year’s Button:

Our yearly parade buttons are unique for each Grand Marshal, and features designs that reflect the vocation or interests of our Grand Marshal for that year.  In addition, they all feature a color palette based on the colors of the national flag of Ireland.

For the 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade our Grand Marshal is Robert “Bobby” O'Neill. This year’s button makes use of a number of important emblems from Bobby's life; the Rhode Island Red Rooster, the 1970 Full Eagle logo of the United States Postal Service, and the apostrophized ZIP Code of Newport, Rhode Island.

The RI Red is a nod to Bobby’s nick-name, "Rooster", given to him because of the red hair he had in youth and the way his face would turn red while he was “crowing” at APW union meetings.  The Postal Service logo is in reference to his 31 faithful years of service to that organization.  Lastly, the apostrophized ZIP Code alludes to his Newport Irish roots (and of course his USPS service)!