Overview and Schedule

The following is an overview of the key components and schedule for the 2018 New York City Veterans Day Parade and related activities. We also invite you to contribute or volunteer.

Purpose

The sole purpose of the NYC Veterans Day Parade is to honor the service of our veterans and to salute our currently serving military. It is a non-partisan, non-political event, and may not be used as a platform for any other purpose or political agenda. Any individual or group that attempts to use the Parade as a forum for this purpose will be denied participation, and will forfeit any expenses incurred.

Themes

This year’s Parade commemorates the centennial of the end of World War I (1918-2018). The United States Army is this year’s featured military branch. As always, the Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard are also represented.

Grand Marshal & Honorary Marshals

Medal of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg (U.S. Army, Afghanistan) is our Grand Marshal. We are currently confirming a senior Army representative as our Honorary Grand Marshal.

Other Honorary Marshals include national and NYC veteran leaders: Mike ErwinJob Mashiriki and Jason McCarthy .

Meet our full honorary committee.

Participating Groups

The parade features over 300 marching elements and an estimated 20-30,000 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.

Date/Time

The parade will occur on Sunday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. It starts at approximately 11:15 AM (at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, see below) and concludes around 3:30pm.

Route/Map

The parade goes north on Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 46th Street. The route is 1.2 miles, and takes approximately 30 ~ 35 minutes.

Opening Ceremony

The parade is preceded by our traditional Opening Ceremony next to Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue). A ceremony begins at 10:00 am and concludes with a wreath laying at the Eternal Light Monument at 11:00 AM (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.

Assembly Area

On the morning of the parade, groups will assemble in the streets to the north and east of Madison Square Park. View map

Specific assembly points/arrival times for participants will be sent starting in mid-October. of your application (Please note: staggered arrival times will again be implemented this year)

Viewing the Parade

Spectators (especially family & friends of participants) are encouraged to gather to show their support along the parade route. View map

The Parade can also be viewed on PIX11 in the NYC area, as well as via online streaming at uwvc.org/parade.

Review Stand

Our VIP’s and military Reviewing Officers will review the parade from our stage near the beginning of the Parade route (near 26th Street & 5th Ave).

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.