The marks its fifth year on Saturday and will be bringing floats, music, and other attractions to downtown. Look for the Patch marchers as well, and you might just get a free T-shirt! We're going to be taking photos and videos and featuring them in our Neighborhood Gallery, and we encourage you to add your own shots as well! And if you know of a good holiday event going on but don't see it here, add it to our events calendar!
The parade procession will depart from its staging area on Jay Street at 1 p.m. It will turn onto Huntington Street, proceed down Tilley Street, turn onto Bank Street and State Street, and conclude at the Jay Street staging area.
The parade route will be closed to vehicles from 12:45 p.m. until police determine that it is safe for traffic to resume. Parking for spectators is available in the Eugene O’Neill Drive lots, , South Water Street, side streets where legal, and Shaw’s Cove where legal.
The grand marshals for the parade are Mayor Daryl Finizio and Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz, superintendent of the .
Coast Guard ship tours
Three Coast Guard vessels based in New London will also be available for public tours. The cutter Chinook will be at the waterfront between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
At Fort Trumbull, the tall ship Eagle and cutter Morro Bay will be open for tours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Things to do after the parade
Looking for something to do in New London after the parade? Plenty of restaurants are prepped for a rush of people, and you can also check out these events:
- 3-D shamrock course at the , 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- inviting residents to draw on recycled materials as part of an art project; 5 p.m. at
- , an evening of amateur boxing at to support the programs of . Doors open at 6 p.m., and the first bout is 7 p.m. Admission is $15.
- performs at the at 8 p.m.; tickets are between $27 and $54.
Finally, don't miss the New London Irish Parade's blogs on the event!