St. Patrick’s Day may have been over the weekend but the Irish spirit is still alive in one Wisconsin town.
Today kicks-off the start of northeast Wisconsin’s largest St. Patrick’s day event, with the town of New London dubbing itself “New Dublin” for the week.
Leprechauns will be out-and-about today, changing town’s signs to the more Irish appropriate name.
A ton of fun activities are planned for the week, including Irish caroling, an Irish Ceili, and a number of local restaurants serving traditional Irish food, like corned beef and cabbage.
The entire week-long celebration will wrap-up on Saturday with a St. Patrick’s Day parade- the largest in all of Wisconsin. Over 30,000 people are expected to visit the town throughout the week.
March 18 – 23, 2019 | 35th Annual Celebration “New Dublin” (New London), Wisconsin
- Monday March 18 – Leprechaun Day
Leprechauns change the name of the town to New Dublin for the week, entertain kids, visit the elderly, and appear at various businesses. See their Schedule.
- Tuesday March 19 – Hooligan Day
Corned beef and cabbage is served during the week at Pup’s Irish Pub and Pine Tree Supper Club on Hwy 54 in North Dublin (Northport) and places such as The Waters, Hilby’s, and many other fine local establishments in New Dublin (New London).
- Wednesday March 20
Irish Caroling at St. Joseph Residence and Franklin Park apartments. It’s a great way to learn all the traditional Irish sing-a-longs. Song sheets are provided. Meet in the lobby of St. Joseph’s at 5:00 pm.
- Thursday March 21
Irish Entertainment Night • 7:00 pm at the New London High School auditorium. Talented artists from the New Dublin area present a moving evening of Irish entertainment on stage that features songs, dances, and the humor of Ireland. We will also introduce 2019 Irish Man – John Paters & Irish Rose – Kay Mielke, Grand Marshall – Rob Summerbell aka “The Wacky Wheeler” and the Irish Lad & Lassie will be announced. It’s great family entertainment. Free admission, donations appreciated.
- Friday March 22
Irish Céili (kay-lee) • 7:00 pm – At the Crystal Falls Banquet Facility. A traditional social gathering of friends and family for music & dance. Learn Irish dance steps or just watch with the caller (Bob Pilsbury) and Ceili band Flip of the Coin. Free admission, donations appreciated.
- Saturday March 23
St. Patrick’s Day Grand Parade • 1:00 pm – Downtown. Wisconsin’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade includes an extensive lineup of bagpipe & marching bands, festive clowns, specialty units, clans, business floats, and more–up to 125 units or more. Prizes are awarded for the best entries.
New Dublin Irish Fest • 11:00 am to 6:00 pm – Three bands will play as well as Irish food, beverages, and market booths. Held downtown under a huge heated tent by Festival Foods. Entrance to Irish Fest is $5.00 for the whole day. The bands for 2019 will be The Scrubbers 11-12:30, Blackthorn Folly 1-2:30 and we are so excited to have Seven Nations for our premier band from 3-6. Lots of great entertainment for sure!!
Bus Parking has been arranged at Hilker Warehousing at 405 W. Wolf River Ave.
FREE Shuttle Service – After Irish Fest a shuttle runs from 6:00 pm to 3:00 am around the New Dublin (New London, WI) area and North Dublin (Northport) provided by Wolf River Trips & Campground.
Police department reminder: Do not place chairs out on the sidewalk the night before the parade or until the snow has been cleared from the sidewalk. Open intoxicants are prohibited. Animals are prohibited on public property at events as per city ordinance. Events are sponsored by the Shamrock Club of New Dublin with the help of many fine businesses and individuals from New Dublin and the surrounding area.