St. Patrick’s Day parade, activities in the Quad Cities


The 2016 St. Patrick Society Grand Parade XXXI weekend will take place March 11-12. Bill “Hawk” Albracht, a graduate of Alleman Catholic High School in Rock Island, Ill., and a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, will serve as grand marshal.

The parade will start March 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island. The parade will travel through downtown Rock Island, across the Mississippi River via the Centennial Bridge to West Third Street and proceed east through downtown Davenport to the Post Parade Bash at the RiverCenter at East Third and Perry Streets. A special Mass will be celebrated prior to the parade at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in downtown Rock Island.

St. Patrick Society’s annual search for the Irish Mother of the Year

The St. Patrick Society is accepting nominations for Irish Mother of the Year. A nominee should be involved in family, church and community, have a good sense of humor and demonstrate pride in her Irish ancestry. All nominations must be original letters of approximately 150 words. The nominee also must be able to attend the St. Patrick Society Gathering of The Clan Luncheon on March 11 and the Grand Parade XXXI and Post Parade Bash on March 12.


Nominations must be received by Feb. 26. Mail nominations to the St. Patrick Society Attn. Irish Mother Nomination, P.O. Box 4487, Davenport, Iowa 52808.

St. Patrick Society scholarship

The St. Patrick Society $1,000 scholarship will be awarded at the Annual Gathering of The Clan Luncheon on March 11 at the RiverCenter in Davenport. Applications are available from high school counselors or from Matt Wissing at or (563) 265-9353. Eligible applicants must be related to a current member of the St. Patrick Society and be able to give evidence of the ability to pursue a college or university education, as substantiated by grade point average, class standing, and SAT/ACT scores. Involvement in extracurricular school and community activities also will be considered. Letters of recommendation from educators, counselors, employers and others are helpful. Applicants are not judged on basis of need. Applications must be received by March 1. Mail to: St. Patrick Society Scholarship, P.O. Box 4487, Davenport, Iowa 52808.

Food drive

The St. Patrick Society (SPS) and Riverbend Food Bank will be conducting a food drive the morning of March 12. Approximately 30 minutes before the parade kicks off at 11:30 a.m. in Rock Island, Riverbend volunteers will precede the parade and collect any non-perishable food items that spectators, along the entire bi-state route, donate. The SPS will also accept donated items at the Gathering of the Clan Luncheon on March 11 and at the

Post-Parade Bash on March 12 (both events are held at the RiverCenter).
For additional information about Grand Parade XXXI please visit the St. Patrick Society website at

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