Newport Police Issue Traffic Advisory for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The following is a release from the Newport Police Department ahead of Saturday's annual parade.

NEWPORT, RI-    Traffic flow and parking in Newport will be affected by the St. Patrick's Day Parade,which kicks off at 11:00AM on Saturday March15th, 2014.
   Traffic will be congested in the downtownarea from about 9:00AM to 3:00PM. Parking will be limited. The parade participants will be beginstaging on lower Broadway at about 9:00 am,
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 intothe Waterfront Parking lot (situated between Church and Mary St.)
     Farewell St. south to America's CupAve. and right into the Gateway parking garage.
Parking is prohibited on the following streets from5:00AM to 3:00PM. All vehicles parked in restrictedareas will be towed:No parking along parade route.
      Broadway from Cranston/Equality Park West to Washington Square Equality Park Place and Equality Park West Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Blvd. from Equality Park to Oak 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.
       During this year's parade the Newport Police Department will be strictly enforcing City Ordinances (opencontainers of alcohol in public, noise violations and disorderly conduct, underage drinking) along theparade route and the surrounding areas. The Police Department will have a strong presence to make this a fun, safe and family friendly event.
Parade Route Parade Begins:
Lower Broadway Washington Sq Thames St. southbound
XOA to America's Cup southbound Thames St southbound at Memorial Blvd. Carroll Ave Parade Ends at St. Augustin's Church