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St. Patrick’s Day in Newport, RI: Best spots to eat, drink and listen to live music!

St. Patrick’s Day in Newport is finally here. And since the weather is going to be nice, we can expect Newport to be more crowded than ever. That considered, I’ve decided to give you a bit of a cheat sheet to help things go smoothly.

First of all, if you’re not from Newport, you’re going to need a place to stay and there is no better hotel in all of Newport than Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina. If you haven’t been there to see the renovations, then you’re going to be blown away. Gurney’s is the nicest hotel Newport without question and it’s a five minute walk to the parade route so BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW!

Second, you need to know that Newport Craft’s Amber Ale is the official beer of the Newport St. Patrick’s Day parade and you should support them by drinking their Amber Ale all weekend long!

Next, you’re going to need some green to wear so head to Deborah Winthrop Lingerie at Clock Tower Square in Portsmouth for all of your green Hanky Panky, bras and lingerie needs!

It’s a marathon not a sprint!

This is important and it can’t be stressed enough. St. Patrick’s Day in Newport is marathon and not a sprint. If you choose not to follow this simple advice, then you’re on your own. Best case scenario is that you just pass out somewhere. Worst case? Well there’s a reason that the Monday after St. Patrick’s Day Newport Daily News is the most highly anticipated edition of the year and the Police and Fire section is always chock full of idiotic tales.

There are a few simple rules that will keep you out of jail on St. Patrick’s Day.

  1. DO NOT pee in public. That will get you every time.
  2. Don’t fight. That will do it too.
  3. Don’t drink alcohol in public especially if you’re acting like an asshole. If you’re of age, you probably won’t end up in jail but you’ll end up with a HUGE fine.
  4. Don’t drive drunk. Duh!

If for some reason you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, then call Attorney Kevin Hagan at (401) 487-8691. He’s the best around and will get you the best result.

But remember, use a toilet, please!

Navigating your day!

So here’s the deal. The parade starts at 11am at City Hall on Broadway, winds through downtown and finishes up at St. Augustin’s Church in Newport’s old 5th Ward.

Now you’re going to NEED to eat before you start your day and I have two perfect choices for you.

Tavern on Broadway is smack dab in the heat of the parade route. They start serving Irish Breakfast at 8am and believe me they will be PACKED so get there early!

And the great thing about Tavern is that it’s just across the street from Fastnet and they’re always slammed as well.

If you’re watching the parade in the middle of Newport, then you’re going to want to hit up Liberty Donuts on Long Wharf Mall for great breakfast sandwiches, the freshest donuts and amazing coffee!

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Again. St. Patrick’s Day in Newport is not a sprint so order extra food, get your base and fuel up!

Who has the best live music?

Finding fun on St. Patrick’s Day in Newport is easy but knowing where the best parties are and where the best crowds will be takes a bit of experience. So here’s the schedule.

Once you’ve finished breakfast, get yourself to Tavern on Broadway and claim your real estate!

  • The O’Tooles are playing at 1pm and they have a special food menu all day with corned beef sandwiches! (crowd is a good mix of locals and tourists 21+)

If you’d like to adventure in town a bit, then your next stop is the Newport Blues Cafe!

Starting at 11am and going all day and night, the Newport Blues Cafe has Felix Brown, Dirty Deeds AC/DC Experience, Fast Times 80’s Music and Darik & the Funbags! (crowd skews Boston 25 – 50)

If you’re feeling a bit adventurous and want to hit up Newport’s biggest and craziest St. Patrick’s Day party, then head down Thames Street to Waites Wharf and go to Dockside and The Deck!

They open at 10am and will have music all day and night from Never in Vegas, 7 Day Weekend, DJ FACE, DJ 4 Hundo, and DJ TEAL. (younger crowd but you’ll find plenty of people from 21 – 46)

If you’re looking for a spot on Bellevue, head up to La Forge. They have Dave Manuel on piano and a killer Irish menu all weekend!

Parlor has The Ravers at 2pm.

What else?

Are there other options? Sure but these are the best and guaranteed to have great crowds and great live music!

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Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled For Coronavirus Concern

The City Council voted unanimously to not hold the event after the governor recommended its cancellation.

By Rachel Nunes , Patch Staff
Mar 11, 2020 12:53 p m ET | Updated Mar 11, 2020 7:11 p m ET

NEWPORT, RI — Just one day after the City Council voted to allow Newport’s St. Patrick’s Day parade to continue as scheduled, the annual celebration was canceled due to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. On Wednesday, Governor Gina Raimondo said she was in favor of the parade’s cancellation.

“The governor’s top priority is containing the spread of coronavirus, and she is recommending that Newport postpone or cancel the parade in the interest of safety,” a spokesperson for Raimondo said.

During a meeting on Wednesday night, the city council voted unanimously to revoke the parade’s permit.

“Although we are saddened, it is the rule of law,” the parade’s organizer’s said. “We understand the immense pressure all involved have been under. If you do visit Newport, please follow common sense health practices and be safe.”

On Tuesday night, the council voted four to three to allow the parade to go on as scheduled. Mayor Jamie Bova, who cast the deciding vote, said she would be voting in favor of cancellation at Wednesday night’s meeting.

“In light of the firm guidance from health officials and the Governor, I am going to move to vote again on the parade license at tonight’s Council meeting,” Bova said. “I will be voting to revoke and cancel the parade.”

Because it is privately organized, the parade could only be called off if the organizers requested it or if the council voted to revoke its license.

Along with the parade, the city has also canceled its St. Patrick’s Day celebration at The Martin Recreation Center, also scheduled for Saturday, as well as the breakfast before the parade and the welcome reception planned Thursday to honor the delegation from Kinsale, Ireland, one of Newport’s sister cities.

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