March has been named Irish Heritage month in Newport and the parade is the culmination of a month-long celebration. The city's downtown will come alive for this all-day parade that marches right past the harbor and down historic Thames Street. Newport is proud of their Irish heritage and it shows as local bands play and dance groups show off their traditional Irish dance steps. Local restaurants will have tents and tables so onlookers can sample everything from traditional Irish pub food to local New England chowder. Admission is free.