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Day Trip: Parade, races, parties to liven downtown districts

Quad Cities sites prepare for Irish weekend

ROCK ISLAND – Green apparel is the style again as those of Irish descent and the Irish at heart get ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

The St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities will begin its St. Patrick's Day Parade with a 10 a.m. Mass on March 14 at St. Mary Church, 2208 Fourth Ave. The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. at 23rd Street and Fourth Avenue. It goes through downtown Rock Island and crosses the Mississippi River to continue into downtown Davenport, Iowa.

The parade is known for Irish dancers, clans, bands, and floats. It ends at 1:30 p.m. at the RiverCenter, where the Post Parade Bash will take place for society members. Memberships are available at the door for $15. The event is open to Irish and non-Irish alike.

The doors will open at 1 p.m. and the event will go on until 4:30. The bash will feature Irish music and dancers, as well as food and beverages. Parade trophy winners also will be recognized.

Other Irish-related happenings will occur in the area. The Center for Active Seniors Inc. will have its 33rd St. Patrick's Day Race from 7 to 10 a.m. March 14 at Second Street between Harrison and Main streets in Davenport.

A variety of races are available. The Tot Trot will begin at 9 a.m., followed by the Family Fun Run at 9:30 and the 5K at 10. The awards and an after party will be at 11 near the finish line. Race day costs are $20 (or $17 in advance) for the Tot Trot and family run, and $40 ($35 in advance) for the 5K. Non-runners may enter a "ghost" race by donating $30. They don't have to move an inch on the course.

Registration on race day will be at Figge Art Museum on Second Street, between Harrison and Main streets.

Go to to register or for information. Proceeds will benefit CASI, which provides advocacy services and activities and programs for seniors.

Kelly's Irish Pub & Eatery, 2222 E. 53rd St., in Davenport, will have a St. Patrick's Day Party. The March 14-17 festivities will involve skydiving leprechauns, corned beef, live music, green beer, student bands, and a heated tent. For details, see or call 563-344-0000.

So put on those shamrock pins, or anything else in a shade of green, and travel to the Quad Cities. Dancing a jig is optional.

If You Go ...

What: St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party

When: 11:30 a.m. March 14

Where: From 23rd Street and Fourth Avenue in Rock Island, across Centennial Bridge, takes Gaines Street in Davenport, Iowa, and ends at RiverCenter.

Cost: Free for parade viewing

Information:, 800-747-7800, or Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at or 800-747-7800.

Post Parade Bash: 1-4:30 p.m., River Center, 136 E. Third St., Davenport, Iowa. The cost is a $15 membership in St. Patrick Society of the Quad Cities. Free for children 15 and younger accompanied by paying adult.

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