About the Parade


IN PERSON: 12:30 – 3:30pm, Fifth Avenue between 26th Street & 45th Street. (Map )

ON SCREEN: 12:30 – 3:00pm, WABC-TV (in the NYC Area) or online at: https://abc7ny.com/watch/live/

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As always, the Parade will take place on November 11 (Friday), rain or shine.  The Parade will step off between 12:00 and 12:30 and run until 3:30 ~ 4:00pm. 


The Parade will proceed on its traditional route, stepping off at 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and going north on Fifth Avenue.  The end point is 45th Street & Fifth Avenue

Grand Marshal

This year’s Grand Marshal is Vince M. Patton III, the Eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, and the first African-American to hold that prestigious position.  Vince spent over 30 years in uniform, and continues to serve our military members, veterans and young people. We are honored and excited to welcome him to NYC!

» Click here to learn more about Vince!

Featured Service Branch

This year’s featured Service Branch is the United States Coast Guard; as always, every service branch will be honored and acknowledged.

TV Broadcast

The Parade will once again be aired live on WABC and streamed online (visit nycvetsday.org on November 11 for the link).  The broadcast portion of the Parade will run from 12:30pm untl 3:00pm.

The Parade will also air on AFN (American Forces Network); check your local listings.

COVID-19 Safety

The Parade is an outdoor event.  All attendees and spectators are asked to be respectful of the safety, personal space, and comfort of all other attendees, participants, Parade team members and NYPD members.

Opening Ceremony

The traditional Opening Ceremony will be again modified this year for health and safety reasons.  In lieu of our usual speaker program, a reduced group of Parade and community representatives will participate in a wreath procession to the Eternal Light Memorial. 

Viewing areas

Spectators can view the Parade on Fifth Avenue, from 27th Street to its endpoint at 45th Street.  We remind spectators to be mindful of health and safety practices. ( Map )

Spectators can also watch the Parade broadcast live on TV and online via WABC or Military.com.  Visit nycvetsday.org on November 11 to learn more!

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