2017-04-27 / Around Town

Parade Honors Men and Women in Blue

This year’s annual Newport National Police Parade, to be held on Sunday, May 7, carries extra significance considering that there were 144 line of duty deaths last year, with 63 caused by gunfire.

The weekend’s activities begin on Saturday, May 6, with a golf outing at Newport National Golf Course. Tee time is noon. At 8 p.m., there will be a police “Rodeo Round-Up” at The Dockside, featuring live music by area police bands, bag pipe bands and drum lines.

Nearly 100 units will march in the next day’s parade. Scout units, Shriners and police from as far away as New York and New Jersey will be blessed at 11:30 a.m. This year’s grand marshal will be Vincent Vespia of Peace Dale, a law enforcement professional with 57 years of dedicated service.

The Honors Division will step-off with the Boston Police Pipes and Drums at 11:50 a.m. in front the Hampton Inn, 317 West Main Road, Middletown. Marchers will proceed down Broadway to Washington Square.

For more information, contact Lt. Corey Huck at 401-845-5737, or Lt. Frank Rosa at 401-845-5715, or visit policeparade.org

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