Celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Quad Cities Grand Parade - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day at the Quad Cities Grand Parade

Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

    Dr. Danger Returns To Local Speedway After Last Year's Scare

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:32:52 GMT
    Greg "Dr. Danger" Carpenter is back at the Jackson County Speedway one year after a death-defying stunt nearly proved to be his last. The star of the American Daredevils TV series took on the same track in Maquoketa, IA, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. More >>
    Greg "Dr. Danger" Carpenter is back at the Jackson County Speedway one year after a death-defying stunt nearly proved to be his last. The star of the American Daredevils TV series took on the same track in Maquoketa, IA, on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. More >>
  • First Alert Weather 24/7

    KWQC 24/7 Weather

    KWQC 24/7 Weather is our 24 hour weather channel.  It's available here at KWQC.com, on Mediacom Channel 247 (in the Quad Cities), over the air on Digital 6.2 or you can call your local cable company...More >>
    KWQC 24/7 Weather is our 24 hour weather channel.  It's available here at KWQC.com, on Mediacom Channel 247 (in the Quad Cities), over the air on Digital 6.2 or you can call your local cable company to ask for KWQC 24/7 Weather.More >>
  • Developers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

    Developers Hope To Turn Old Schools Into New Apartments

    Sunday, August 31 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 03:18:03 GMT
    It will be new life for a few old schools in Clinton and historic buildings in Davenport if a handful of developers have their way.Community Housing Initiatives is looking to transform the Roosevelt Administration Center, a former elementary school, into mixed income housing, by creating 16 spacious apartments there.More >>
    It will be new life for a few old schools in Clinton and historic buildings in Davenport if a handful of developers have their way.Community Housing Initiatives is looking to transform the Roosevelt Administration Center, a former elementary school, into mixed income housing, by creating 16 spacious apartments there.More >>

Folks are wearing green from Chicago to New York to Dublin to mark the holiday. Here in the Quad Cities, we're no exception, with our own unique parade. It's a celebration worth celebrating.

Now in its 28th year, the annual Grand Parade brings the Quad Cities together - literally.

It's the only bi-state parade in the country.

It starts in Rock Island, makes its way across the Centennial Bridge, and winds its way through the heart of downtown Davenport, spreading the luck of - or at least love for - the Irish all the way.

Some chilly temperatures were no match though for the tens of thousands of people who turned out to watch this year's parade.

One big draw, of course, was the wide variety of entertainment offered - everything from live music and dancing, to dressed up dogs and dressed up marchers, to float after float after float of Irish and not-so-Irish themed fun.

That made it tough to choose a favorite part.

"Best part of the parade has got to be the beads, right guys?" one parade-goer, Terry Heyl, said, seeking consensus from his family as they left the parade grounds. "Yeah," they enthusiastically replied.

Still, other parade attendees had their own favorites:

"Candy!" exclaimed nine-year-old Halle Bock.

"The green and all the people," Boyd Conklin, of Davenport, said.

"I loved the parade and it's just really fun," said Autumn Jensen, of Bettendorf.

There was no shortage of Irish pride in this year's parade. After all, celebrating our Hibernian heritage is what St. Patrick's Day is all about.

And, whether you're Irish by birth - or just Irish for the day - this shamrock-filled procession did not disappoint.

The parade was just part of the celebration schedule.

After it wrapped up, the RiverCenter opened its doors for a post-parade bash, complete with music, dancers, food, and Irish memorabilia.

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.