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St. Patrick's Parade, Jeff Dorsey
St. Patrick's Parade, Jeff Dorsey

Another Great St. Patrick’s Parade is History

The 28th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is in the books. Many thanks to everyone for being in the parade and coming down to watch it as we finally "Ushered in Spring".  With over 100 entries, this year's parade was the biggest ever surpassing the previous record of 94 entries.  

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Jeff Dorsey/Dennis Oliver
Jeff Dorsey/Dennis Oliver

Here is How Quincy’s St. Patrick’s Parade Got Its Start

It was a morning in 1986 when I was working at 99Q Radio with Dennis Oliver. He was just finishing up his morning show and I was beginning my mid-day stint (after working the morning show on WTAD earlier that morning). It was about a week before St. Patrick’s Day and I went up to D.O. and said we need to have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Quincy.

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St. Patrick's Day Parade, Quincy, Illinois

2014 St. Patrick’s Parade Lineup

Thanks to everyone who has entered the 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade! The entries listed below are officially in the parade. Remember you must have something green on you or your entry (Balloons, ribbons, etc.). The parade is March 15 at 11 a.m. sharp and we go from 12th to 5th on Maine Street in Quincy.

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Getty Images

D.O. and The Big Dog Talk Parade Tonight at 5 on KHQA-TV

So here we are some 17 days away from making our 28th stroll down Maine Street as part of the St. Patrick's Parade. As of this writing we have 31 entries and most likely will be around 90 again like last year. One of the things we always are in need of is Irish music in the parade.

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David Hardenberg, Getty Images
David Hardenberg, Getty Images

What Should the Big Dog Wear in The St. Patrick’s Parade? [Poll]

I know it isn't even Valentine's Day yet, but I must think now about the St. Patrick's Parade set for March 15 this year in Quincy. It will be the 28th year for the parade and over the years I have tried to come up with different things to wear. I even wore a kilt one year and took so much flack over it that I decided to show them and wear it a second consecutive year. The question always comes up though, "Are you going to wear a kilt again this year?"

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St Patrick's Day Parade Quincy IL

Quincy’s 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade is Set for March 15

The 28th Annual St. Patrick's Parade in Quincy will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. The parade will begin at 12th and Maine and end at 5th and Maine Streets.

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Dick and Jim
Jeff Dorsey

Thanks Jim Ponsot and Dick McKinney

It was back in 2008 when Dick McKinney asked me if I would come to a meeting to help revive the Veteran's Day Parade in Quincy. It had been some 35 years since Quincy held a Veteran's Day Parade and Dick was hoping I would be able to share some contacts and information from the St. Patrick's Parade with him. I was more than happy to assist.

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Veteran’s Parade is This Saturday at 10 a.m. in Quincy

It is hard to believe but this Saturday the 6th Annual Veteran's Parade will be held in Quincy with nearly 80 entries ready to go down Maine Street beginning at 10am. I remember meeting with the parade chairmen Jim Ponsot and Dick McKinney five years ago to discuss putting on the first parade.  We had no idea how many entries we would have but to see it nearing 80 this year is fabulous.

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Mario Tamo, Getty Images
Mario Tamo, Getty Images

Entries Being Sought for the November 9 Veteran’s Parade in Quincy

Entries are being sought for the 6th Annual Veteran's Parade which will be held in Quincy on Saturday November 9. The parade, after a 35 year absence, started up again in 2008 and has been going strong ever since thanks to the Co-Chairmen Dick McKinney and Jim Ponsot. This year's parade will be held from 12th to 5th on Maine Street and will begin at 10 a.m. with the lineup beginning at 9 a.m. from 12th to 24th Streets on Maine Street.

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Quincy Senior High Marching Band Webpage
Quincy Senior High Marching Band Webpage

QHS Octoberfest Parade and Field Competition Set for October 19

The Quincy Senior High Music Department will be hosting the 18th Annual Octoberfest Parade and Field Competition on Saturday, October 19th, featuring bands from Illinois Missouri and Iowa.  

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