THE GRAND PARADE  XXX
March 14, 2015

Map of the parade route....

Grand Parade XXIX trophy winners...

2014 Parade Photos Courtesy of
Joe Detmer
See more Parade Photos Here

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

The GRAND PARADE is the only interstate 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.  The City of Davenport will have a designated accessible viewing area on the south side of the intersection of Ripley and W.3rd Streets for people with disabilities.  

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 Harrison St and then south on Harrison to conclusion at 2nd St.

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. 

A BIG THANK YOU

to our contributors and supporters for

MAKING THE PARADE HAPPEN

Steve's Old Time Tap - Rock Island
Stern Beverage, Rock Island
A D Huesing - Rock Island
Kinney Farm
Burnett-Thiel Ford - Maquoketa
Kelly's Irish Pub - Davenport
The Schaben Family - Des Moines
Vic and Kathy Quinn - Davenport
Xenotronics Co. - Davenport
Our many volunteers and committee members

Parade applications are available from Julie Walton at  spsparade@me.com ,
or call 563-505-9779.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN
 TBA March, 2015
Staging area assignments will be sent to parade entrants on or about March TBA
.
If your unit is accepted, you will be notified by mail by TBA March, 2015 of your position.   

All parade units will be judged in the following categories: Best Commercial, Best Irish Float, Most Unique Entry, Best Irish Family Walking Unit, Best School Group, Best International, and the Five Judges' Trophy 

 The trophy winners will be announced immediately following the Grand Parade XXIX at the Post Parade Bash, which will be held at a THE RIVERCENTER, IN DOWNTOWN DAVENPORT from 1:00 to 4:30PM.

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GRAND  PARADE  XXIX  Trophy Winners

Best Irish Family Walking Unit:    Clan Kinney
Best Irish Float:    Duax Family
Best Commercial Entry:    Applestone Homes
Most Unique Entry:    QC Pride
International Trophy - Best Non-Irish Entry:    Blackhawk Pipes and Drums
Best School Group:     Davenport Central JROTC
Judges Trophies:    QC Hash House Harriers
   Scott's Shovelhead Shed
   Dubin Family
   Doonan Clan
   Craig Clan and Friends