by Jessica Waytenick • February 19, 2018

Quad Cities – Visitors and residents alike will tell you that the Quad Cities puts on one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades in the Midwest, and Iowa’s largest St. Patrick’s Day party.

Heralded as the only interstate St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the nation, the Quad Cities Grand Parade XXXIII on Saturday, March 17, 2018, begins in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, and winds its way to the Centennial Bridge.  Then it crosses the bridge over the Mississippi River and marches into downtown Davenport, Iowa.

Thousands line the streets to watch the bands, Irish dancers, floats, groups, and family clans.  Named as one of the top ten St. Patrick’s Day Parades in North America, this annual parade, organized by the St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities, starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, and ends by 1:30 p.m.  For more information on the Grand Parade XXXIII weekend and a map of the parade route, visit the St. Patrick Society’s website at

Immediately following the Grand Parade, a Post Parade Bash is held at the RiverCenter, 136 East Third Street in downtown Davenport.  The doors open at 1:00 p.m. and close at 4:30 p.m.  Entry to the Post Parade Bash is by membership, with $15 memberships available at the door.  You don’t have to be Irish to join.  Persons 15 and under, accompanied by an adult, are free.

The Bash includes food, drink, live Irish music and dancers, along with the presentation of the parade trophy winners.  All parade units are judged by the following categories: Best Commercial Entry, Best Irish Float, Most Unique Entry, Best Irish Walking Unit, Best School Group, International Trophy and Five Judge’s Trophies.

And before the parade on Saturday, March 17, 2018, it’s CASI’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Race.  The races start and finish at the River Music Experience Courtyard, 129 Main St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa.  Three race categories are offered: 9:00 a.m. Tot Trot; 9:30 a.m. 1-mile Family Run/Walk; 10:00 a.m. 5K Run/Walk.  Online race registration form is available at

The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa, hosts a new St. Patrick’s Day Bash on March 16-17, 2018.  Doors open at the huge, indoor event hall at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16 with live music from Soul Storm, Tomb, Irish Dancers, and Electric Shock.  On Saturday, March 17, doors open at 11 a.m. and there will be food, drink, games, live music, Irish dancers, and the Flying Leprechauns.  For more information, visit

Kelly’s has moved its party to downtown Davenport, Iowa, to the Front Street Brewery Taproom and the Freight House parking lot, 431 W. River Drive with a large heated tent.  On March 16-17, 2018, there will be live music, green beer, corned beef and cabbage, and more.  The fun begins at 11 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.  For more information, visit their Facebook page at

Discover these and many more marvels on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  Contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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