Attorney General Kilmartin gives keynote speech describing Rhode Island's rich Irish tradition.
Providence City Hall came alive with traditional Irish music and dance today, when Mayor Angel Taveras hosted the city's annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration on the second and third floors of City Hall.
"Today we recognize the achievements of Irish Americans and the enduring traditions of the Irish in Providence and throughout our nation," said Mayor Taveras. "The story of the Irish in America is impossible to separate from the history of our City. Our celebration today evidences that Irish heritage and culture continue to thrive in Providence."
Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, the guest speaker at today's formal celebration, highlighted the rich traditions of the Irish in Rhode Island during his keynote address.
"Growing up as an Irish-American in Pawtucket, my parents taught my brothers and me to be proud of our heritage and instilled in us a strong sense of the values of faith, family and community," said Mr. Kilmartin. "The values that I trace to my great-grandparents who emigrated from Northern Ireland and have been passed down by my grandparents and parents guide me each and every day as Attorney General."
Reverend Timothy Reilly of the Catholic Diocese of Providence led an invocation and Mayor Taveras delivered a Mayoral Citation to the Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.
The afternoon also included a bagpipe procession by the Providence Police Department Pipes and Drums, and concluded with an Irish step dance performance by the Goulding School of Irish Dance.