From the Loyalty Days Committee
Parade Saturday, May 5th, 12noon, No. Coast Highway
Celebrating the 56th annual Newport Loyalty Day & Sea Fair Festival. This year we are pleased to announce the Port of Newport General Manager, Don Mann as our Grand Marshall.
Don was the visionary who inspired many to join him in the quest to bring the new Pacific fleet headquarters for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to Newport. His hard work and dedication have paid off and NOAA is now a fixture in our community.
Along with the annual parade, the Newport Loyalty Day’s festivities include the Queen’s Coronation, Davis Show carnival, car shows hosted throughout town, Coast Hills Running Club’s Fun Run, Vietnam Veteran’s remembrance with our annual Reading of the Names are just to name a few of the many activites you will find in Newport.
Loyalty Day was originated by the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) on the East Coast, with Newport’s Veteran’s starting our local Loyalty Day celebration in May of 1956. As the celebration continued to spread throughout the nation, Congress wrote a Joint Resolution and President Eisenhower signed the Bill into law designating the First of May as Loyalty Day, a special day set aside for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.
We will honor Don throughout this celebration and during our annual patriotic parade scheduled for Saturday, May 5thth 2012, beginning at 12:00 p.m. With Newport’s strong support of the Loyalty Day tradition, it’s designation as a Coast Guard City USA, it’s world class Aquarium, Marine Science Center, offices for NOAA’s Marine and Aviation operations, lighthouses, galleries, restaurants, hotels and of course the magnificent Pacific Ocean, Newport offers fun for the entire family.
Join us for the day or the entire weekend!