The Grand Parade XXXIV 
March 16, 2019

Map of parade route.

Questions about the parade may
be directed to

Grand Parade XXXIII Trophy Winners

Our parade is listed on

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

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Courtesy of Joe Detmer, Sami Greene and Joe Dooley

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. 

2017 marks River Bend Foodbank's 35th Anniversary - once again the St. Patrick Society and River Bend are teaming up to fight hunger in the Quad Cities. In the 22 counties served by River Bend 22 million meals are being missed; in 2016 River 2017 Bend provided 11 million of those meals - an increase of over 55% in two years. On Saturday, March 18 River Bend will march ahead of the Grand Parade collecting monetary donations with the goal of closing the meal gap in our community by 2025. 97 cents of every dollar you donate goes back into the program and will provide 5 meals! Watch for the River Bend Foodbank truck ahead of the Grand Parade to make your donation - together we can defeat hunger!

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

Beth & Mike McAleer
Me & Billy – Davenport
Sippis / Frackies - Davenport
  Steve’s Old Time Tap – Rock Island
 Kilkenny’s / Carriage Haus – Davenport
 Stern Beverage - Rock Island
Mac's Tavern - Davenport
Van's Downtown Pizza Pub
Bennigan's - Rock Island
Sports Fan's - Bettendorf
Theo's - Rock Island

  Shamrock Separator

Best Entry:   Doonan Clan
Best Irish Walking Unit:   The St. Patrick Society
Best Irish Float:   Kinney Clan 
Best International Trophy:    Davenport Sister Cities Carlow County
Best Commercial Entry:   WQUD - FM Radio
Best Youth Group:   Daveport Central High Army ROTC
Best Military:    U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard
Best Commumity Spirit:    Quad Cities Hash House Harriers
Best Newcomer:    IBEW
Most Unique Entry:   Hughes Clan