Sea of Blue: Aquidneck Island Police Parade is Today

This year's Grand Marshal is "Boston Strong."

If you plan on being in Newport or Middletown today, you might see a large police presence and it's not because of an enforcement crackdown.

The annual Aquidneck Island National Police Parade is today and this year, parade organizers are especially proud to have Officer Richard Donahue on hand.

Donahue suffered a near-fatal gunshot wound during the shootout with the Boston Marathon bombers last year.

"We couldn't be any prouder to say a special thank you to officer Donahue," the parade committee said on its Web site.

And the Grand Marshal of the parade, because "it was almost impossible to recognize any single officer as this year's Grand Marshal," is simply "Boston Strong."

Be aware that traffic will be shut down along the parade route, including West Main Road from the Two Mile Corner to the One Mile Corner in Middletown and parking will be a challenge downtown in Newport. 

Click here for the story we ran last week about the parade


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