The annual Statehouse celebration of holidays held dear by Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday, March 18) at 4 p.m. at the Capitol.
This annual event is a traditional one: The patron saints of Ireland (St. Patrick) and Italy (St. Joseph) are celebrated in song, speech and glasses hoisted in toasts. Frank O’Donnell, a well-known Rhode Island comedian, has been selected to deliver the annual speech about the Irish heritage in Rhode Island. On the Italian side, Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena, will speak about Italian heritage.
Providence City Hall celebrated St. Patrick’s Day today with music and dancing.
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.