The biggest helium balloon parade in the Midwest is getting ready to return to Davenport.

The Quad City Arts' Festival Of Trees parade is full of helium balloons that make it feel like a mini-Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade right here in Iowa.

Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Facebook
Festival of Trees, Quad City Arts Facebook

This year, it's on Saturday, November 18th, starting at 10:00 a.m. and there are some things you need to know before you go.

Where To Watch

You have to have a good vantage point for the parade. The parade goes right down both 2nd and 3rd St., so keep that in mind when you're planning out your spot. I had a perfect view last year:

Sarah Stringer/Townsquare Media
Sarah Stringer/Townsquare Media

The Parade Route

The parade will have its staging area on Pershing, Iowa Street, and in-between 3rd, 4th, and LeClaire. It will go all the way down 3rd Street, turn on Scott Street, then go back up 2nd.

When To Get There

The parade starts at 10, but folks will get there well before then. The earlier you get to wherever you plan to hang out, the more options you'll have on where to sit.

Where To Park

Parking will be difficult and you'll probably have to walk a bit. Just be prepared for that now. If you do park in one of the ramps or somewhere you have to pay, you can pay for that parking on Davenport's Parkmobile app.

And remember, as soon the parade's over, everyone else will be leaving too, so you'll be sitting in traffic to get out of downtown Davenport.

What To Bring

You don't have to bring money, since the parade is free. But do dress for the weather. Keep an eye on the weather for parade morning. It's the Midwest, it could be 80 degrees or it could be 50. Either way, bring lawn chairs if you're planning on getting downtown closer to parade time.

What To Expect

Besides giant helium balloons, the Festival of Trees Holiday Parade will also have floats, dance groups, bands, antique cars and pageant queens and will be topped off with a visit from Santa Claus himself. Make sure your phone is charged because you'll want to take pics.

I'll see you on Saturday, November 18th!

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