Grand Parade XXIX trophy winners...

Map of parade route.

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 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.  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.  Also, there will be seating inside the lobby of the north RiverCenter, along E. Third Street, for those with disabilities to view the parade.

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. 

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

Hotel Blackhawk will once again have a
special rate for St. Patrick Society members:
Start date: 3/13/15
End date:
3/15/15
Last day to book by:
3/1/15
Marriott hotel(s) offering a special group rate:
139.00 USD per night.

In partnership with Riverbend Food Bank, the St. Patrick Society will host a food drive on parade day, March 14.   Approximately 30 minutes before the parade start at 11:30am, a Riverbend Food Bank truck and volunteers will collect non-perishable food items donated by spectators along the parade route. Also, food items can be donated at the Gathering of the Clan Luncheon on Friday March 13 and at the Post-Parade Bash on Saturday March 14, both events held at the Davenport RiverCenter.

Parade applications are available from Julie Walton
at  spsparade@me.com ,   or call 563-505-9779.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN
 March 1, 2015
Staging area assignments will be sent to parade entrants on or about March 7.
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 Military Group, Best Irish Family Walking Unit, Best Community Spirit, Best Youth Group, Best International (non-Irish), Best Newcomer, and Best Overall.  

 The trophy winners will be announced immediately following the Grand Parade XXX 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