This Parade marks the centennial of Veteran’s Day, first observed in 1919. Each Veterans’ Day Parade features a different branch of the military. This year the Marines will be the featured military branch, but the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are also represented.
The parade will occur on Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. This year, the Parade will start at 12:00 Noon (at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony), and concludes around 3:30pm.
The parade is preceded by a traditional Opening Ceremony inside Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue). The ceremony begins at 11:00am and begins with a moment of silence to commemorate the precise moment of the Armistice that ended World War I (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The ceremony ends just before 12:00 noon with the laying of wreaths at the Eternal Light monument. Limited seating is available at the opening ceremony, with preference given to disabled and elderly veterans.
The parade features over 300 marching elements and an estimated 20,000-30,000 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 hundreds of thousands of spectators and can be viewed on NYC’s WPIX-TV.