PARADE is the only bi-state St. Patrick's Day Parade in the USA and is viewed by tens of
thousands of people along the route from Rock Island, Illinois across the
Mississippi River through Davenport, Iowa.
A Mass at St. Mary's Church, Rock Island, IL is celebrated at 10:00 am.
The parade begins at 11:30 AM at the corner of 4th Ave and 23rd
St in Rock Island and winds its way west thru downtown Rock Island
following 4th Ave to 20th St to 3rd Ave to 17th St. to 2nd Ave. to the
Centennial Bridge, where it crosses the Mississippi River to Gaines St. in
Davenport and then north to 3rd St. and east on 3rd to the River Center.
Parade organizers are most interested in participants
expressing the spirit of St. Patrick, including marching
bands, musical groups, decorated floats, novelty entries and
walking units, especially Irish family walking units. The
parade is already at its limit for cars, trucks, and vans.
For safety reasons, throwaways from parade
participants are not allowed. The
Society also strictly prohibits the distribution by Parade participants of
any paper items including, but not limited to, brochures, leaflets,
flyers, and coupons.
marks River Bend Foodbank's 35th Anniversary - once again the St.
Patrick Society and River Bend are teaming up to fight hunger in the
Quad Cities. In the 22
counties served by River Bend 22 million meals are being missed; in
2016 River Bend provided 11 million of those meals - an increase of
over 55% in two years. On Saturday, March 18 River Bend will march
ahead of the Grand Parade collecting monetary donations with the
goal of closing the meal gap in our community by 2025. 97 cents of
every dollar you donate goes back into the program and will provide
5 meals! Watch for the River Bend Foodbank truck ahead of the Grand
Parade to make your donation - together we can defeat hunger!