2021 Parade Update: Oct 1

The following overview provides updated information the NYC Veterans Day Parade as of October 1, 2021. 

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Key Points:

  • As of this update, the Parade will be a traditional, in-person event
  • Adjustments are being made to address COVID-19 issues and to maximize the safety of all participants and spectators.
  • The traditional Opening Ceremony in Madison Square Park will be significantly reduced

Date/Time

As always, the Parade will take place on November 11 (Thursday), rain or shine.  The Parade will step off between 12:00 and 12:30 and run until 3:00~3:30pm.  Assembly will begin at 8:00.  (see Assembly, below) This year’s pre-Parade Opening Ceremony is significantly modified (see Opening Ceremony, below).

Route

The Parade will proceed on its traditional route, stepping off at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue and going north on Fifth Avenue.  The end point is TBD depending on final participation/COVID-19 adjustments, but will be at least 40th Street.

Grand Marshal

This year’s Grand Marshal is U.S. Air Force veteran and local hero Kevin Carrick.  A retired Senior Master Sergeant, Kevin served over two decades as an elite Pararescueman (“PJ”) with the 106th Rescue Wing based in nearby Westhampton (Long Island), NY.  With countless deployments to combat zones overseas and disaster areas at home and abroad (including to Ground Zero on 9/11), Kevin represents the very best of the spirit of service that drives our military men and women, of every service branch.  » Click here to learn more about Kevin!

Featured Service Branch

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

Anniversaries/Themes

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the response to 9/11 and the start of the Global War On Terror (2001), as well as the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm (1991).

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 final time of the broadcast is TBD, but it will start at either 12:00pm or 12:30pm.

COVID-19 Safety

Following New York City and New York State COVID-19 protocols, the Parade is an outdoor event that  is open to guests regardless of vaccination status.  To help maximize the safety and comfort of guests and participants, we will be implementing a number of additional protocols

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.

Street closures

Please stand by for street closure information for this year’s Parade.

Opening Ceremony

The traditional Opening Ceremony will be 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.  An abbreviated ceremonial opening can be viewed by the public at the beginning of the TV broadcast for the parade; visit nycvetsday.org closer to the date of the Parade for precise timing.

Viewing areas

Spectators can view the Parade on Fifth Avenue, from 27th Street to its endpoint (cross street TBD; stand by).  We remind spectators to be mindful of health and safety practices.

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