St. Patrick’s Day Fun and More

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With Valentine’s Day finally over and spring arriving slowly, it’s  time again to break out the green. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner which means one, Chicago will be dyeing the river green again and two, there most likely will be a parade somewhere in the United States.

The Quad Cities is not an exception to that rule.

On March 18, the St. Patrick’s Society of the Quad Cities will host the annual Quad Cities Grand Parade. The parade will feature bands, Irish dancers, floats, groups and family clans.

According to the group, St. Patrick’s Society of the Quad Cities Facebook page, the parade will start “at the corner of 4th Ave and 23rd St in Rock Island and winds its way west through downtown Rock Island following 4th Ave to 20th St to 3rd Ave to 17th St. to 2nd Ave. to the Centennial Bridge, where it crosses the Mississippi River to Gaines St. in Davenport and then north to 3rd St. and east on 3rd to the River Center.”

Following immediately after the parade will be the Post-Parade Bash located at the Davenport River City afterwards. The Bash will feature the presentation of parade awards, food, drink and memorabilia, with a 50/50 raffle. Irish music and dancers will also be present. Entrance to the Post-Parade Bash is for those with membership only, however membership can be purchased at the door for $15. Children 15 and younger with a paying adult will be admitted with no charge. You do not have to be Irish to be a part of the St. Patrick’s Society of the Quad Cities. For more information check out the St. Patrick’s Society of the Quad Cities Facebook page.

Another local event which would be worth checking out is Augustana College hosting a St. Patrick’s Day concert on Friday, March 18 at 8pm in Wallenberg Hall. The event will feature the Augustana flute choir, the Augustana flute trios and quartets and Heart Strings. This event is free and for more information about the concert please contact Connor Kealey at  309-794-7323 or at his email address, connorkealey@augustana.edu.

If you are not interested in paying money to go to the Bash or just want a quiet event then we have a couple recipes courtesy of Pinterest for punch and a comfort stew to help create that delicious St. Patrick’s Day meal at home for you and your family. Just add some soda bread to complete the meal.

For a delicious St. Patrick’s day drink for your kids to enjoy check out the recipe here! Also for a delicious Irish Stew bound to make you and your kids taste buds sizzle check out this link, or go to our recipes section and find the full recipes there!

Author: Courtney Swessinger

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