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2012 Newport, Rhode Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Details

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The 56th Annual Newport, Rhode Island Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held, rain, snow, or shine, on Saturday, March 17th 2012.  It will begin promptly at 11:00am from Newport City Hall and will proceed to Carroll Avenue at Saint Augustin’s Church in the heart of the Fifth Ward.  The parade this year is estimated to last 2 hours and will include 8 Pipe Bands, 9 Marching Bands, 3 Fife & Drum Corps, 3 Clown Units, 8 reenactment units, and a host of local, state, and regional organizations including police and fire units, social/fraternal organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Schools, and non-profits.

The Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is always held on the Saturday preceding March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), unless the 17th is a Saturday in which case it is held on that day.

About This Year’s Button:

Our yearly button designs try to incorporate the vocation or interests of our Grand Marshal for that year.  For the 2012 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade our Grand Marshal is Charles “Chaz” Donovan.  Chaz, now retired, had a long career in the defense industry.  The anchor and water represents Chaz’s love of the ocean, his career in the Navy, his love of sailing, and his service on the Waterfront Committee as a board member.  The bridge, a symbol of the City of Newport, represents Chaz bridging the gap between the generations, from youth to aged.

Provided by the Newport parade website.

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