St. Patrick’s Day, by the Numbers

Rain or shine, on Saturday, March 12 the 60th Annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. from City Hall. Recently voted one of New England’s best by Yankee Magazine, Newport’s celebration is one of our city’s busiest weekends next to Folk and Jazz fests. This year’s event, dedicated to the memory of Patrick C. Loftus, marks the first time two grand marshals – William and Karen Cardinal – will host the parade. In honor of everything Irish, we’ve rounded up dozens of fun facts about the big day. Erin go bragh!


39 years

Length of time Newport has celebrated Irish Heritage Month. Check out The Museum of Newport Irish History events. The Museum of Newport Irish for a listing of events, including lectures, traditional music, and more.



Number of Grand Marshals leading this year’s parade – the first time there’s ever been one more than one.



Number of IHOPS that this year’s Grand Marshals own.


5 years

Length of time Newport Storm has been brewing the official parade beer, Irish Red Ale. This year’s logo is a tribute to the Grand Marshals.



Number of local bars offering the ale on tap.



Amount of proceeds that will go toward the 2017 parade when you order a pint and buy the glass from participating bars the in the days leading up to March 12.



Number of 60th anniversary glasses that have been produced. Buy early – they sell out every year.


1,200 pints

Amount of Guinness poured by the Brick Alley Pub on parade day. That’s equivalent to 10 kegs.




Number of pints of Guinness drunk around the world on St. Patrick’s Day around the world.



Year the recipe for Guinness was developed. My Goodness, my Guinness, who doesn’t love a pint?



Number of arrests made by Newport police officers during the 2015 parade.



Number of sister cities Newport has. One of them, Kinsale, is in Ireland.



Number of centuries Irish immigrants have been coming to Newport to work and live.



Number of mayors of Irish heritage who have served our city.



Expected temperature on parade day.



Year that St Patrick’s Day was declared a U.S. national holiday.



Year St. Patrick’s Day became an official holiday in Ireland.



Number of years St. Patrick purportedly spent enslaved  as a shepherd.



Number of snakes that can be found in Ireland today.



Global number of people who claim ancestral ties to Ireland.


Number of leaves on the symbolic shamrock, which represents the Holy Trinity.


77 feet

Distance of a St. Patrick’s Day parade – presumably the world’s shortest – held between two pubs in County Cork, Ireland.


8,236 feet

Length of the Newport parade route.


120 minutes

Length of time the parade takes to begin at Newport City Hall and end at Saint Augustin’s Church.



Number of people expected to attend the parade this year.



Minimum cost to host a parade of this size.



Number of St. Patrick’s Day parades held throughout Rhode Island.



Number of divisions of Ancient Order of Hibernians active in Rhode Island.


10 – 15

Number of volunteers that gather Sunday morning at Brick Alley Pub to clean up Thames Street from the day before. Staff distributes gloves, dust bins, and trash arms and bags.



Number of large garbage bags full of debris that the volunteers collect. No pre-registration is necessary to participate.

Jillian Tullgren is a native of upstate New York, happily transplanted to Newport, RI. A natural born explorer, she enjoys green juice and a daily dose of yoga and is motivated by the idea of endless possibilities and inspired by everything and anything. You can find her at the beach sipping Yerba Mate and planning her next adventure. Follow her on Instagram @gypseachild.

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    • Reply March 14, 2016


      Le sigh, it is such talent.

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