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Reno 150: 2017 Veterans Day Parade

  • Date: 11/11/2017 11:11 AM


The sole purpose of the City of Reno 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.

THEME - Reno 150

This year’s theme is “Reno 150 - Celebrating Reno's Sesquicentennial"


Grand Marshal is Colonel (Retired) Kat Miller and Deputy Grand Marshal is Brig. Gen. Zachary Doser.  


Recognized and reputable U.S. military veterans groups, non-profit organizations serving veterans, and JROTC units are invited to apply for the parade. There is no fee for participation. (see below regarding corporate veterans groups)

Military units and ROTC units are warmly invited; please contact our office to coordinate your participation with the appropriate higher command. There is no fee for participation.

All other applicants (veterans of allied nations, youth/civic groups, businesses, etc.) will be evaluated based on their service to our veterans community, their record of past participation and other factors. In most cases, there is no fee for participation (see below regarding businesses and corporate veterans groups)

Individual veterans may apply independently; they may request to join specific groups, or they may be placed in the Line of March based on their era of service or service branch. There is no fee for participation.

All accepted groups (and independent participants) must sign the required waivers. In some cases, groups may be asked to provide additional proof of insurance (e.g. groups with oversize vehicles or animals).

Corporate veterans groups wishing to march as a branded unit (signage/apparel/vehicles) must contact us to discuss an appropriate sponsorship arrangement. (There is no fee for individual veterans and non-profit veteran service providers).


The parade will take place Saturday, November 11, 2017 (Veterans Day!), rain or shine.  It will start at approximately 11:11 a.m.(at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, see below) and end between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.


The parade goes north on Virginia Street from Liberty Street to 5th Street.


The parade is preceded by our traditional opening ceremony at the Virginia Street Bridge at Virginia St. and 1st Street.  The ceremony begins at 11:11 a.m. (The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month) with a fly-by and concludes with a ceremonial wreath toss into the Truckee River at 11:20 a.m.


On the morning of the parade, groups will assemble at the Washoe County Parking Lot (located on Virginia between Liberty and Court Streets). Exact locations/times will be sent to accepted and confirmed groups.


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


Accepted and confirmed groups will be informed of their position in the Line of March (order of the parade) in the weeks prior to the parade.


We encourage our elder and disabled veterans to join us!  Disabled Parking is available please contact our office at 334-2414 for additional information.


Our vehicle policy is intended to ensure the safety, security and smooth running of the Parade:

  • All vehicles must be able to provide proof of registration and insurance upon request, and all drivers must be legally licensed for the class of vehicle they will be driving.
  • All vehicles must be able to arrive at and depart the Parade area without assistance, and must be able complete the parade route (including waiting times) safely and cleanly.
  • All vehicles should be clean and of historic/decorative value (or should be appropriately decorated). Photos may be requested.
  • Groups with vintage or decorative vehicles (military or civilian) may be asked to transport elderly or disabled veterans up the parade route.
  • All other details regarding exact assembly areas & times, parking, drop-off/pick-up, wreath information, etc., will be sent to accepted and confirmed groups prior to the parade.
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