With a large number of Irish-Americans, Rhode Island celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day in a big way. Perhaps one of the best-loved traditions is the one-day, whirlwind tour of the Providence Police Pipes and Drums. Approximately 18 law enforcement professionals, decked out in kilts and other authentic finery, cut a plaid swath through Rhode Island, performing for hundreds of green-clad revelers. Founded in 2009, the group is self-funded and their limited edition T-shirts are a hot commodity. Here’s where they will be on Sunday, March 17:

  • Noon – The Bradley Café in Providence

  • 1 p.m. – Laura’s Bar & Grille in Smithfield

  • 2 p.m. – The Thirsty Beaver in Smithfield 

  • 3 p.m. – The Whiskey Republic in Providence

  • 4:30 p.m. – The Judge Roy Bean Saloon in Bristol

  • 5:30 p.m. – Crossroads Pub in Warren

  • 6:30 p.m. – The Dublin Rose in Seekonk, Mass.

Bag Pipers

The group typically raises funds at each performance and donated $600 to children’s cancer charities after the 2017 tour.

St. Patrick's

Providence is home to a variety of ethnic cultures and traditions, including large populations of Irish- and Italian-Americans. Restaurants and bars throughout the city will be going green for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, while Providence’s Little Italy, Federal Hill, will be snacking on traditional Italian zeppole on St. Joseph’s Day, March 19. You don’t have to be Irish or Italian to join in on the fun.