THE GRAND PARADE XXXVIII


Map of parade route.

Grand Parade XXXVIII Trophy Winners

Our parade is listed on

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

Photos courtesy of Joe Detmer,
Bethany Kalmbach & Jan Tappa
Click on the picture to see a slide show

The St. Patrick Society presents Grand Parade XXXVIII on Saturday, March 16, 2024.  Parade organizers are most interested in participants expressing the spirit of St. Patrick and Irish Heritage, and encourage family walking units and decorated floats. Applicants of a purely commercial theme are not permitted.

The day begins with Mass at St. Mary's, 2204 4th Ave. Rock Island, 10:00AM, then the Nation's only bi-state St. Patrick's Grand Parade will start promptly at 11:30AM at the corner of 4th Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island, Illinois. The parade will travel through downtown Rock Island, across the Mississippi River via the Talbot/Centennial  Bridge to W. Third Street and proceed east through downtown Davenport, Iowa along a route to the RiverCenter at E. Third and Perry Streets. The Post-Parade Bash will take place at the RiverCenter from 1-4 PM.

For parade information and entry applications, please send information to this new email address  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 24, 2024. Accepted units will receive staging area assignments of their position via email.


Candy and beads are allowed but we ask that these items be tossed closely to and at the feet of spectators - we do not want children running into the street! For safety reasons, other throwaways from parade participants are NOT allowed. The Society strictly prohibits the distribution by Parade participants of any paper items including, but not limited to, brochures, leaflets, flyers, and coupons.

The Society wishes to thank the following
for their generous financial support of
The Grand Parade

Me & Billy, Davenport
Sippis / Frackies - Davenport
  Steve's Old Time Tap, Rock Island
 Mac's Tavern - Davenport
 Rock Island Holiday Inn & Ale House
Stern Beverage - Rock Island
Daiquiri Factory
Kavanaugh's Hilltop

  Shamrock Separator

Best Parade Entry    The Doonan Clan
Best Irish Float:
   The O'Peeters Clan
Best Commercial Entry:    WQUD Radio
Best Irish Family Walking Unit:    Quad City Irish Rugby Club 
Best Youth Group:    MVDC Elite Diamonds
Best Military:    Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard
Best Newcomer:    The Mower Shop
Judges Honorable Mention    Davenport Central JROTC