Grand ParadeXXXII

The Grand Parade 
March 18, 2017

Map of parade route.

2016 Parade Photos Courtesy of
Joe Detmer

Sing along or print out the words to  "Wearin' of the Green".

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THE GRAND 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. 

2017 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!

  Shamrock Separator

GRAND  PARADE  XXXI  Trophy Winners
Best Entry:    Q.C. Fall Pride
Best Irish Walking Unit:   Duax Family 
Best Irish Float:   Doonan Clan 
Best International Trophy:    Blackhawk Pipes and Drums
Best Commercial Entry:   Jeff's Car Corner
Best Youth Group:   Daveport Central High 
Best Military:    50th Vietnam Veterans
Best Commumity Spirit:    DFD #17
Best Newcomer:    Bennigan's
Most Unique Entry:   Q.C. Hash House Harriers