Newport hosts annual St. Patricks Day parade
By Chris Sheppard
NEWPORT, R.I. – There was barely enough room to squeeze by outside of Newport City Hall, where sidewalks were packed with thousands of people who flocked to the city for the 57th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Shortly before the parade began at 11 a.m. Saturday, a procession of massive parade floats assembled down the street from city hall. Amongst the floats were a massive replica of a navy aircraft carrier, a giant tool box with a moving repairman inside, and wagons full of schoolchildren.
In addition to the floats, this year's parade included seven pipe bands, nine marching bands, four fife and drum corps, three clown units, and eight reenactment units. The parade was also flanked by a plethora of local, state, and regional organizations, schools, Scouts, and non-profits.
The parade is expected to bring in thousands of dollars of revenue to the City of Newport as well as businesses that were near the parade route.