St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over Rhode Island, and not just on the day itself! All week there will be events going on to celebrate the Irish.
Starting on March 9th, there will be the St. Pat’s 5K race in Providence. Starting at 11:15 A.M. at the Rhode Island State House on Smith Street, it is the second road race of three in the Tour de Patrick. The first three thousand race participants will be receiving special long-sleeved t-shirts, so if you are looking to run you should plan on getting there extra early!
If you’re not the running type, and maybe prefer standing and enjoying marching bands and other people enjoying their run, then Providence’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is perfect for you. Starting shortly after the race at noon, this parade features many of the state’s best drum corps and marching bands. It’s always a great event and coming the weekend before the holiday weekend give you more time to celebrate!
St. Patrick’s Day weekend is also full of great events all over Rhode Island. On March 16th there will be the famous Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade which runs through the beautiful city of Newport. Starting at 11:00 A.M. in front of Newport City Hall on Broadway, going through Washington Sq. and all the way down Thames Street. The two-hour parade will have many pipe bands, marching bands, clowns, and reenactment groups going on the parade route.
Staying in Newport on the 16th, The Rhino Bar and Grille’s new and yet-unnamed patio will have it’s grand opening. Their “Meet me at the Wave” event, located at the corner of America’s Cup and Thames Street, will be full of drinks, food from their new menu, and a great place to view the parade from. At the event they will be announcing what name they chose for the venue from an on-line competition. If you entered, maybe your name will be chosen!
And if you are in Providence on Sunday the 17th, which is St. Patrick’s day itself, and the thought of all-day drinking before work begins again on Monday doesn’t frighten you, Sullivan’s Rhode on Union Street is having their 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. Starting at noon and going all the way until 1:00 A.M. on Monday, there will be plenty of drink specials and music to keep you dancing all day and night in their heated tents.
Eric Jonathan is a fairly recent Rhode Island transplant, but has taken to living in the Ocean State with great zeal. Thanks in large part to his girlfriend, he has a knowledge of many of the best spots to eat and drink the state which would rival that of a life-long local.