Quad Cities St Patrick’s Day Parade
Written on January 29, 2016
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.