The 33rd annual St. Patrick Society Quad-Cities Grand Parade will march Saturday, March 17. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at 4th Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island, ending at the RiverCenter, Davenport.

Tens of thousands of spectators annually attend the free parade, which will include more than 70 marching groups and floats that will celebrate the Quad-Cities Irish heritage, with beads and candy for the children.

Before the parade, River Bend Foodbank will collect money to support its operation. For parade information, email grandparade2018@yahoo.com.

On Friday, March 16, the Irish Mother of the Year, Grand Marshal and SPS Scholarship winner will be announced at the Gathering of the Clan Luncheon at the RiverCenter. For luncheon reservations, email vicquinn2016@gmail.com.

The Post-Parade Bash will be Saturday at the RiverCenter. Doors will open at 1 p.m. This family-oriented event will showcase traditional Irish food and drink, memorabilia, live music and Irish step dancers. Admission is by membership: Annual $15 memberships are available at the door. Admission is free for ages 16 or younger.

For more information, visit stpatsqc.com or email info@stpatsqc.com.

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