Newport celebrates St. Patrick's Day
NEWPORT, R.I. —
The streets of Newport were filled with shamrocks, leprechauns, and every shade of green imaginable during the annual parade on Saturday.
although the festivities showcased just about every type of St. Patrick's day tradition imaginable, the popular tradition of green beer was absent from the celebration thanks to open container fines that have been strictly enforced over the last few years.
the city ordinances allow for fines to be anywhere from $200 to $1,000 dollars for disorderly conduct and open containers, with the hefty price tag meant to deter as many people as possible from getting out of hand according to Girard Glavin a prosecutor for Newport.
Parade goers on Saturday were aware of the fines and seemed to understand why they were necessary during the holiday celebrations, such as john McGuiness who is all for the strictly enforced ordinances.
Mcguiness defended the fines by saying that bad things happen with alcohol, absolutely, so I think it's a good idea.
Even without the popular beverage there was still plenty of fun to be had in the celebrations, and from the looks of the people at the parade they were doing just that.