Newport cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade


NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — A day after voting to let Newport’s 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade proceed as planned, the city council has changed course after receiving further direction from state officials.

The council voted unanimously Wednesday night to revoke the parade’s permit due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“The decision, which follows a direct request from Gov. Gina Raimondo, is being made with a heavy heart and out of an abundance of caution,” Tom Shevlin, the city’s communications director, said in a news release earlier on Wednesday.

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The vote came about two hours after Raimondo urged Rhode Islanders not to organize or attend events involving 250 people or more for the next two weeks.

Shevlin said the city’s other planned St. Patrick’s Day events will be canceled including the welcome reception Thursday night at Edward King House and Saturday’s Irish Breakfast at City Hall and celebration at the Martin Recreation Center.

Visit Newport’s website for more on the city’s coronavirus response.

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