The New York City Veterans Day Parade continues a long and proud tradition of honoring those who serve our nation. The parade is hosted by the United War Veterans Council, and information about registering your group to march can be found at http://americasparade.org.
The parade features over 250 groups and 20,000+ participants, including veterans of all eras, military units, civic and youth groups (including Junior ROTC), businesses, and top high school marching bands from across America. Floats, military and vintage vehicles and other special elements add to the excitement, which is viewed by over half a million spectators.Participation in the parade is free to non-profit veterans’ groups or organizations serving veterans; corporate veterans groups marching with branded signage/apparel/vehicles must provide sponsorship support. Contact the UWVC office for details.
The parade will occur on Tuesday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. It starts at approximately 11:25 AM (at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, see below) and concludes around 3:30pm.
The parade goes up Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 52nd Street. The route is 1.3 miles (approx. 35 minutes on foot).
The parade is preceded by our traditional opening ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument (5th Avenue @ 24th Street, next to Madison Square Park. The ceremony begins at 10:00 AM and concludes with a wreath laying at 11:00 AM (The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). Seating is available at the opening ceremony, with preference given to our disabled and elderly veterans.
On the morning of the parade, groups will assemble in the streets next to and north of Madison Square Park (5th Ave. and 23rd St.). Specific assembly points/arrival times will be sent with your group’s confirmation materials upon acceptance of your application (Please note: staggered arrival times will again be implemented this year)
Viewing the Parade
Our VIP’s and military Reviewing Officers will review the parade from our stage on 5th Avenue at 41st Street (in front of the NY Public Library). Bleacher seating for spectators is available near the Review Stand, with priority seating for elderly & disabled veterans.
Line of March
Participants will be informed of their position in the Line of March (order of the parade) in the weeks prior to the parade. Except in specific special cases, veterans groups in good standing and military will be given priority in the Line of March.
To apply for your group to march in the parade, go to http://americasparade.org
New York, NY 10010
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