Newport Police Announce Parking Bans, Detours And Street Closures For St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Here’s a nice list of places not to leave your car Friday night.

Just in case you happen to be coming to Newport on Saturday with no knowledge that there’s a parade on Saturday…there’s going to be a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Newport on Saturday. This basically means that if you’re not a local, driving around town will be a complete nightmare from 9am to 3pm as most of Newport’s main streets will be full of people and your GPS will keep telling you to take streets that won’t be open to cars.

Newport Police Department
“Police and Community – Partners in Excellence”
Sergeant Jason S. Kleinknecht
Community and Traffic Services Unit
120 Broadway Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Telephone: (401) 845-5726 Fax: (401) 846-3284
E-Mail: [email protected]
March 8, 2017
St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

NEWPORT, RI- Traffic flow and parking in Newport will be affected by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which kicks off at 11:00 AM on Saturday March 11th, 2017. Traffic will be congested in the downtown area from about 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Parking will be limited. The parade participants will be begin staging on Lower Broadway at about 9:00 am, so it is recommended that people coming to Newport to view the parade avoid Broadway. The two best routes into the city with available public parking are:

Westbound on Memorial Blvd, right onto Bellevue Ave. (northbound), left on Church St. and right into the Waterfront Parking lot (situated between Church and Mary St.) Farewell St. South to America’s Cup Ave., and right into the Gateway parking garage.

Parking is prohibited on the following streets from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM. All vehicles parked in restricted areas will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense.

No parking areas along the parade route are:
Broadway from Cranston/Equality Park West to Washington Square
Equality Park Place and Equality Park West
Dr. Marcus F. Wheatland Boulevard (West side)
Bull Street at Spring Street
Spring Street at Bull Street
Washington Square from Broadway to Thames Street
Thames Street from America’s Cup Avenue to Morton Avenue
Carroll Avenue from Morton Avenue to Harrison Avenue
Both sides of America’s Cup Avenue at the Gateway Center
Narragansett Avenue between Spring Street and Bellevue Avenue
During this year’s parade the Newport Police Department will be strictly enforcing City Ordinances (open containers of alcohol in public, noise violations, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking) along the parade route and the surrounding areas. The Police Department will have a strong presence to make this a fun, safe and family friendly event.
*************Parade Route*************
Parade Begins: Lower Broadway
Washington Sq.
Thames St. southbound
to America’s Cup southbound
Thames St at Memorial Blvd.
Carroll Ave
Parade Ends at St. Augustin’s Church
Traffic Detours
Southbound Broadway diverted onto Marcus Wheatland Blvd southbound at Equality Park.
Spring St northbound diverted away from Broadway and up Bull St. to Kay St
Westbound Memorial Blvd West diverted northbound on Thames St at the Post Office
Northbound Thames St diverted away from America’s Cup up Mill St to Spring St.

If you’re worried about memorizing this list, have no fear. There will be plenty of green signs on the sides of the street to assist your parking decision.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Parking Correspondent

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