Newport preps for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade is underway in Newport.

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) – Both parade goers and local law enforcement are gearing up for Newport’s highly anticipated St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Police will be strictly enforcing city ordinances such as open containers of alcohol, noise violations, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking along the parade route and the surrounding areas in Newport.

The parade route begins on lower Broadway and continues to:

  • Washington Square
  • Thames Street southbound
  • XOA to America’s Cup southbound
  • Thames Street southbound at Memorial Blvd
  • Carroll Avenue

The route concludes at St. Augustin’s Church.

Traffic will be congested downtown from about 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and parking will be limited. Parking is prohibited along the parade route and in the following areas:

  • 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

Those in the parade will begin staging on lower Broadway around 9 a.m., therefore officials are asking people viewing to avoid Broadway.

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