The parade will begin at 3rd Street and Pershing Avenue, go west to Scott Street, turn left onto Scott, then left again onto 2nd Street, concluding at Iowa Street.
Among the balloons will be Po, the panda from “Kung Fu Panda,” a 2008 computer-animated comedy film. It is sponsored by the city of Bettendorf, which has participated in the parade since it began, or almost that long.
Nearly 130 people — city officials, employees and family members — will walk with the balloon, dressed in matching black sweatshirts with a white City of Bettendorf logo on the left chest and a Q2030 logo on the right sleeve. Q2030 is a long-range plan of the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce to grow talent, jobs, investments and economic opportunity.
In addition, there will be a golf cart outfitted like Po’s noodle stand, created by staff at the Family Museum. The stand is Po’s family’s business.
To sponsor a balloon costs the city $8,000, but City Administrator Decker Phloehn said the city council believes it is well worth the money for several reasons.
“First off, it’s great fun,” he said. “Second, Quad-City Arts has always been an organization we support, from the street art to sculptures. And we like the idea of sharing with the entire community. As a Quad-Citizen, we should support activities inside our area.” And participating builds camaraderie and teamwork.