THE GRAND PARADE XXXVII


Map of parade route.

Grand Parade XXXVII Trophy Winners

Our parade is listed on

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

Photos Courtesy of Joe Detmer
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The St. Patrick Society presents Grand Parade XXXVII on Saturday, March 18, 2023.  Parade organizers are most interested in participants expressing the spirit of St. Patrick and Irish Heritage, and encourage family walking units and decorated floats. Applicants of a purely commercial theme are not permitted.

The day begins with Mass at St. Mary's, 2204 4th Ave. Rock Island, 10:00AM, then the Nation's only bi-state St. Patrick's Grand Parade will start promptly at 11:30AM at the corner of 4th Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island, Illinois. The parade will travel through downtown Rock Island, across the Mississippi River via the Talbot/Centennial  Bridge to W. Third Street and proceed east through downtown Davenport, Iowa along a route to the RiverCenter at E. Third and Perry Streets. The Post-Parade Bash will take place at the RiverCenter from 1-4 PM.

 For parade information and entry applications, email  APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 25, 2023. Accepted units will receive staging area assignments of their position via email.


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. 

The St. Patrick Society and River Bend Foodbank are teaming up once again to fight hunger in the Quad Cities. 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. $1 will provide 5 meals and 96% of everything donated goes directly into Foodbank programs. Watch for the River Bend Foodbank truck ahead of the Grand Parade to make your donation. 

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
 Mac's Tavern - Davenport
 Kilkenny's - Davenport
Rock Island Holiday Inn & Ale House
Stern Beverage - Rock Island
Daiquiri Factory
Kavanaugh's Hilltop

  Shamrock Separator

Best Parade Entry     Kinney Clan
Best Irish Float:
   The Doonan Clan
Best Commercial Entry:    Two Men and a Truck
Best Irish Family Walking Unit:     The Ahern Clan 
Best Youth Group:    MVDC Dance
Best Military:    Vietnam Veterans Honor Guard
Best Newcomer:    For the Love of Mental Health
Judges Honorable Mention     Hash House Harriers