Leprechauns turn New London into New Dublin this week

Posted: 7:07 PM, Mar 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-13 00:32:17Z

A group of leprechauns were up to their old tricks in New London Monday. They temporarily changed the city's sign to read New Dublin. It signals the start of a week of St. Patrick's Day festivities and celebrating their Irish heritage.

"It's very exciting actually. I look forward to it year round. My friends have been asking me about it for the last month, 'Are you ready? Are you prepared?' Being an Irishman, I'm always prepared," said Bob Leahy, who took part in Monday's activities.

The tradition started about 35 years ago. 

Activities this week include Irish caroling, corned beef and cabbage served in restaurants, Irish Fest downtown and the grand parade at 1:00pm on Saturday.

Leahy said the festivities draw about 20,000 to 30,000 people to town.