The Grand Parade XXXIV 
was Saturday,
March 16, 2019

Map of parade route.

Questions about the parade may
be directed to

grandparadequadcities@yahoo.com

Grand Parade XXXIV Trophy Winners

Our parade is listed on
 St-Patricks-Day.com

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


Courtesy of Joe Detmer, Sami Greene and Joe Dooley
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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 Talbot/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. 

Once again the St. Patrick Society and River Bend Foodbank are teamed up to fight hunger in the Quad Cities.  In the 22 counties served by River Bend 22 million meals are being missed; our goal is to close the meal gap in our community by 2025.  During the 2019 Grand Parade,  River Bend  collected $2,710  from very generous spectators along the parade route.  That will provide 13,000 meals in the fight against hunger in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.  The St. Patrick Society thanks all those who gave to the  River Bend Foodbank!

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
 Kilkenny’s / Carriage Haus – Davenport
 Mac's Tavern - Davenport
Van's Downtown Pizza Pub
Theo's - Rock Island


  Shamrock Separator

GRAND  PARADE  XXXIV  Trophy Winners
    
Best Irish Float:
Best Irish Heritage:
  Duax Family & Friends
  Ryan Clan (IL)
Best Commercial Entry:   Blaze Restoration
Best Irish Walking Unit:   Doonan Clan 
Best Youth Group:   Daveport Central High Army JROTC
Best Military:    U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard
Best Newcomer:    Canadian Pacific Railroad
Most Unique Entry:   Hughes Clan