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Veterans Day Parade 2019

Veterans Day Parade November 11 2019 in Downtown Reno

The City of Reno will host the annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 11, 2019.

The Parade will honor the service of our Veterans and 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.

Applications to Participate

  • All applications will be reviewed by the Parade Committee on October 18, 2019.
  • Accepted groups will be emailed confirmation materials, final assembly information and other details starting Monday, October 21.
  • Due to the increased size of the parade and security/safety requirements, all groups must submit an application, regardless of past participation. Please apply as soon as possible.

Review application Information and submit an application to be in the Veteran's Day Parade.

Eligible Groups/Participants

  • Recognized and reputable U.S. military veterans groups, non-profit organizations serving veterans, and JROTC units are invited to apply for the parade. 
  • Military units and ROTC units are warmly invited; please contact our office to coordinate your participation with the appropriate higher command.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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).

Parade Information

The 2019 parade theme commemorates the centennial of Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day, 1919-1954). It will start at approximately 11:30 a.m. (at the conclusion of the opening ceremony) and end between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 

Opening Ceremony:
The opening ceremony will be at the Virginia Street Bridge, south of 1st Street and Virginia 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 proclamation. 

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

Grand Marshals:
Doris Howard
John “Ioannis” Lougaris 

Deputy Grand Marshals:
Noreen Leary
Billy “Sarge” Miller
Andrew R. LePeilbet 

Assembly:  
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.

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

Elderly and Disabled Participants:
We encourage our elder and disabled veterans to join us! Please contact our office for information on parking and accommodations.

Vehicles:
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.
  • 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, will be sent to accepted and confirmed groups prior to the parade.