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Veterans Day Parade returns to downtown Reno

Post Date:11/05/2018 4:50 PM

The City of Reno Veterans Day Parade will take place Sunday, November 11, 2018, rain or shine. The public is invited to join the festivities, which honor the service of our Veterans and salute those currently serving in the United States military.

The theme for the 2018 Reno Veterans Day Parade is “The Great War,” honoring the first Reno citizen to perish in World War I: Private First Class Darrell Melville Dunkle. 2018 marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of WWI on November 11, 1918.

The Grand Marshal of the 2018 Parade will be Brigadier General Ondra Berry, Commander of the Nevada Air Guard and former Assistant Police Chief at the Reno Police Department.

The opening ceremony will begin at the Virginia Street Bridge at 11:11 a.m. with a C-130 fly-over by the Nevada Air Guard and a wreath placement by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve to honor Private First Class Darrell Melville Dunkle.

The parade starts shortly thereafter and will end between 2 and 3 p.m. The parade route will proceed north on Virginia Street to Fifth Street. There were more than 80 entries in this year’s parade, one of the highest participation marks in the event’s history. The Reno Veterans Day Parade has been an annual event for 20 years, since 1998.

2018 parade announcers are as follows:

  • Virginia Street Bridge - Amanda Sanchez and Shane Whitecloud
  • 2nd Street - Abbie Shelton and Wendy Simons
  • 3rd Street - Sandi TenBoer and Kim Donohue
  • 4th Street -  Charley Smith, Ky Sisson and Ryan Coverdell

Spectators, especially family and friends of parade participants, are encouraged to gather to show their support along the parade route.

For more information, visit Reno.gov/SpecialEvents. Visit Reno.gov/RoadClosures for street closure information.