One of the first things I learned about the Quad Cities is that St. Patrick's Day is taken very seriously. I figured that out when I learned the parade starts in Rock Island, crosses the Mississippi and ends in Davenport.

The Quad City Times reports the St. Patrick Society Quad Cities parade will kick off at 11:30AM and the St. Patrick Society's post parade bash is happening at the River Center from 1:00-4:30PM. They'll be featuring "The Don't Be Brothers" and the Mayer School of Irish Dance. The St. Patrick Society website has all the info you need to get your St. Patrick's Day started right!

Speaking for myself, I plan on taking the day off and lifting a cold green beer or two in honor of the McDonnells, Callahans and Creightons who have so enriched my life.