RI News
1:59 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Everyone Is Irish At Providence City Hall

Providence City Hall celebrated St. Patrick’s Day today with music and dancing.

The Providence Police Pipes and Drums, performing in Providence City Hall

This traditional tune kicked off the celebration at city hall. Members of the Providence Police Pipes and Drums looked sharp in their kilts and spats as they played and marched.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras welcomed everyone, flanked by a row of dignitaries from the police chief to parade committee members. Providence College president Reverend Brian Shanley said a prayer for the crowd, invoking the words of St. Patrick. And students from the Goulding Irish dance school performed.

Taking it all in were onlookers of all ages and backgrounds. The latest US Census numbers rank Irish the second largest ancestry group in Rhode Island, but going by the plastic green hats and sparkly green wigs in the audience, everyone was Irish today.