Parade goes on despite cold temperatures in Newport

NEWPORT, R.I (WPRI) – The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Newport City Hall.

Newport’s Mayor says despite the cold temperatures, this year doesn’t compare to some of the past parades in terms of bad weather.

In the mid 1980’s, a blizzard hit the region and Mayor Harry Winthrop says they were the only St. Patrick’s Day parade to actually happen on the east coast.

Close to 50,000 people are expected to make their way to Newport, with many of them coming from all over.

“We like to celebrate it quietly,” says Kevin Murphy, Mayor of Kinsale, Ireland.

Organizers tell Eyewitness News increased law enforcement will be patrolling the area throughout the event.