The Grand Parade
March 18, 2017

2016 Trophy Awards

Map of parade route.

2016 Parade Photos Courtesy of
Joe Detmer

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

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. 

to our contributors and supporters for


Carriage Haus / Kilkennyís
Kellyís Irish Pub
Brian Kinney / Kinney Farms
Mike & Beth McAleer
Midwest Graphics Management
Vic & Kathy Quinn
SAS Associates, Inc.
And all our loyal volunteers

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GRAND  PARADE  XXXI  Trophy Winners

Best Entry:    Q.C. Fall Pride  
Best Irish Family Walking Unit:    Duax Family
Best Irish Float:    Doonan Clan
Best International Trophy:    Blackhawk Pipe & Drums
Best Commercial Entry:    Jeff's Car Corner
Best Youth Group:     Davenport Central High  
Best Military:    50th Vietnam Vetís
Best Community Spirit    DFD #17
Best Newcomer:    Benningans
Most Unique Entry:    Q.C. Hash House Harriers