This year’s Parade commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I (1918-2018); this year’s featured military branch is the U.S. Army but the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are also represented.
The parade is preceded by a traditional Opening Ceremony next to Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue). The ceremony begins at 10:00am and concludes with a wreath laying at the Eternal Light Monument at 11:00am, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Limited seating is available at the opening ceremony, with preference given to our disabled and elderly veterans.
Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg (U.S. Army, Afghanistan) is Grand Marshal.
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.