The Aquidneck Island National Police Parade commemorates National Police Week and is dedicated to police officers killed in the line of duty. One of only a handful of police parades held outside of Washington D.C., this popular event draws a large crowd of police officers, their friends, families, and fans from all over the US, Canada, and the Bahamas. Close to 70,000 are expected to attend!
The parade isn’t exactly small, either, with over 4,000 law enforcement participants marching each year. Attendees can expect to see upwards of 180 units representing over 50 police departments from as far away as Illinois, elite forces, like the US Marine Corp 8th & I Marching Unit assigned to the President of the United States, and friendly, foreign contingents, like the Canadian Royal Mounted Police.
Marching bands are another great reason to attend the Aquidneck Island National Police Parade. Highlights include such legendary and energetic crowd pleasers as The Philadelphia Mummers, The New York City Emerald Society Bagpipe Band, and The NYPD Marching Band, to name but a few already scheduled to appear.
2016 Aquidneck Island National Police Parade Schedule of Events
10am – National Police Parade’s Tenth annual Golf Tournament at Newport National Golf Course
8pm – Rockin’ Rodeo Round Up at The Dockside – bagpipes, drum lines, police bands, and a mechanical bull riding contest.
11:30am – Blessing of Parade Participants
11:50am – Parade Begins
The parade starts off from 317 West Main Road, Middletown. From there it runs down Broadway, towards Newport, until it reaches Washington Square.
The 33rd Annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade
May 1st, 2016
317 West Main Road – 11:50am
With that many expected attendees, you know area lodging is going to be at a premium well before the day of the Aquidneck Island National Police Parade arrives. If you plan to be here, we suggest you act now before all the best lodging fills up. The best, of course, being Newport bed and breakfast inns. Newport County B&B’s are a step-up in accommodation quality from your typical hotel or motel with plush amenities, delicious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the local area. Give yourself the gift of true hospitality with a stay at Newport County Bed and Breakfast Inns!