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New London becomes 'New Dublin' -- after St. Patrick's Day

A leprechaun does a backflip after changing a New London welcome sign to read "New Dublin" March 18, 2019, in honor of St. Patrick's Day festivities.
A leprechaun does a backflip after changing a New London welcome sign to read "New Dublin" March 18, 2019, in honor of St. Patrick's Day festivities. (WLUK image)

NEW LONDON DUBLIN (WLUK) -- It's the time of year when New London becomes the center for all things Irish.

A band of leprechauns was seen running around New London Monday, changing all the city's welcome signs to read "New Dublin," the city's ceremonial name for a week.

The sign change kicked off a week of St. Patrick's Day festivities in "New Dublin." Events culminate with a parade, which is always the Saturday after St. Patrick's Day.

The holiday falling on a Sunday this year created an unusual situation in which New London became "New London" after St. Patrick's Day was already over.

"Generally we will split with Milwaukee and Milwaukee will go the week before St. Paddy's Day and we'll do the week after," said one of the leprechauns, Robert Francis Leahy. "There's only so many Irish bagpipe bands in the state that we can bring out, so we try to share and make it so both parades are very festive."

A full list of "New Dublin" events is available here.

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