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Reasons To Visit Newport In March

During the month of March, all of Newport is Irish.   The highlight of the month is of course the St. Patrick’s Day parade: this year scheduled for March 17th. However there is more to Newport’s celebration of its Irish history than this one event.  Join us during the month of March to celebrate all that is Irish.

The month long series of events kicks off on the weekend of March 3rd  with a Saturday morning bus tour of Newport’s Irish history. Saturday evening Common Fence Music Presents Irish Super – Duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill at Channing Memorial Church. Sunday, March 4th starts off with the annual  “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast at Hibernian Hall.  The Forty Steps, once a gathering spot for the Irish caretakers of the Bellevue Avenue mansions and their owners, will again host traditional Irish music and step dancing. Then it’s back to Hibernian Hall for an afternoon social with an Irish sing-along.  Cap off the day with an Irish music session at Fastnet Pub, every Sunday, starting at 5PM.

Beginning March 8th, Newport proudly hosts the chefs of our sister city, Kinsale Ireland, for a taste of Ireland. Participating restaurants are Fathoms at the Newport Marriott, the Windward Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Newport, One Bellevue Restaurant at the Hotel Viking, and La Forge Casino.  This year’s highlight will be an “Iron Chef” style cook off at the Newport Marriott on Saturday, March 10th from 2:00 ‘til 3:30. Start you day off on Sunday, March 11th with a traditional Irish country breakfast at LaForge Casino from 9AM until noon.

Parade day, March 17th, begins with a Catholic Mass in honor of St. Patrick at St Joseph’s Church on Broadway at 9AM. This will be followed by the mayor’s reception at City Hall.  The 55th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will kick off promptly at 11AM. It will follow its traditional route, through Washington Square, down Thames Street, to the heart of Irish Newport, ending at St. Augustin’s Church in the 5th Ward. There are many options after the parade, with many local spots, both along the parade route and off, offering Irish entertainment and spirits.  An alcohol-free option is the post-parade family party at The Hut (adjacent to Newport Public Library).

On Friday, March 24th join the Ladies of the Ancient Order of Hibernians for a traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner at St. Augustin’s Church.

While you’re in Newport for our Irish History Month, be sure to visit the Museum of Irish History on Lower Thames Street to experience their interpretive center.  Reservations strongly suggested for all dining events. Guest rooms are rooms still available for any of these events, but remember this is the start of the season in Newport and many events are so to sell out.  Don’t miss out! Visit our website or give us a call today. And if you visit us in March remember to wear the green!

–Kathy Hallgring

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