Dos and Don'ts: Drinking on St. Patrick's Day in Newport

This is our friendly reminder that it is illegal to drink in public. Yes, even on St. Patrick's Day.

Last year, police kept busy on St. Patrick's Day when 72 people were either arrested or cited. The year before that, there were 95 arrests on parade day. A majority of the list involved alcohol-related citations, which was made up of both locals and out-of-towners.

While Newport police said last year was potentially a perfect storm for the parade day partiers, since the Saturday parade coincided with St. Patrick's Day and beautiful weather, this year may not be as ideal. 

According to the National Weather Service, there is a slight chance of snow showers between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a slight chance of rain right after 2 p.m. Temperature are expected to reach a chilly 39 degrees.

If you're going to brave the cold to enjoy Newport's festivities, here's refresher course that could save you a headache or two.

It is illegal to possess alcohol in public. This includes:

  • Drinking in the street.
  • Drinking on the sidewalk.
  • Bringing your drink from the bar outside. Finish up inside.

Do: Drink an open container on your own private property ie. in your house or on your porch.

Don’t: Drink an open container in the street, anywhere in public, or on the sidewalk (yes, even if it’s right in front of your house). And no, you’re not fooling the police with that Dunkin Donuts cup full of "coffee". There will be lots of uniformed and plain-clothes officers on the streets tomorrow. Is it worth getting cited and facing up to $1,000 in fines? Probably not.

Drink if you are over 21.

Don’t: Drink if you’re under 21. Again, there will be of uniformed and plain-clothes officers on the streets tomorrow. You will get cited.

Do: Solve your problems with words. Or with a bouncer/police officer.

Don’t: Get into physical fights. You might get more fired up with some liquid courage, but nobody wants an assault charge hanging over their head.


Do: Recycle. The Clean City Program will set up recycling bins next to garbage cans during the parade.

Don’t: Litter. Mother Earth thanks you.

Do: Relieve yourself in a restroom.

Don't: Use the side of a building as a toilet. Again, illegal.


Do: Drink responsibly.

Don’t: Drink and drive. If you’ve had too much, call Orange Cab at (401) 841-0030, Newport Taxi at (401) 662-1407, Rainbow Cab at (401) 849-1333 or Cozy Cab at (401)-846.2500.


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