It's parade season!

The snow and ice are receding, the temperature is rising, and folks are looking to get back outdoors again. What better way to kick off parade season than with a whole bunch of St. Patrick's Day parades? There are plenty to attend, beginning with several this weekend.

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Newport, Rhode Island, is the place to be for the first in our area St. Patrick's day parade. The 66th Annual Newport St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, in front of Newport City Hall. What's Up Newport says the parade will be held "rain, snow, wind, or shine!"

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The folks in Hartford, Connecticut, are apparently not as hearty as those in Newport because they have postponed the St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for Saturday, March 12, due to the stormy forecast. The Hartford parade will be on Saturday, March 19, at 11 a.m. instead.

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There are three St. Patrick's Day Parades in our area on Sunday, March 13, and the weather is looking just fine. Worcester's parade is at noon, West Warwick's is at 1 p.m., and New Haven, Connecticut's is at 1:30 p.m.

There are seven St. Patrick's Day parades scheduled for next weekend, including the rescheduled Hartford parade, which again steps off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. The Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade launches at noon next Saturday.

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All of the other parades are on Sunday, March 20. The Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Manchester, New Hampshire parades step off at noon next Sunday.

Parades in Abington, Boston, and Scituate begin an hour later at 1 p.m.

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The schedule of parades gives St. Patrick's Day revelers multiple opportunities to celebrate the wearin' o' the green. Just don't get caught drinking green beer, especially if you are driving.

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