It's rare that a community our size has a holiday parade of the size and stature of the Festival of Trees parade.

The annual event will roll through downtown Davenport for the 26th time on Saturday, November 17, featuring giant helium character balloons, pageant queens, dance groups, floats, bands, tractors, and of course Santa.

In recent years, the parade has been beset by bitter cold, and high winds that reeked havoc with the helium character balloons, but the parade continues on.

Here's hoping that this year's edition is blessed with great weather and good cheer.


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