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This year's Parade commemorates the centennial of the Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day 1919-2019). At 11:00 AM on November 11, 1918, the guns of World War I fell silent as the Armistice ending the fighting took hold. One year later, in 1919, communities around the world marked the first anniversary of the Armistice with reflective and commemorative events. New York CIty's observations included a parade on Veterans Day on Fifth Avenue. After World War II, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, honoring those of all eras. This year marks the 100th observation of this day.
The United States Marine Corps in this year's featured military branch. As always, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard will also be represented!
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.
The parade will occur on Monday, November 11 (Veterans Day), rain or shine. This year, the Parade will start at 12:00 noon (at the conclusion of the Opening Ceremony, see below) and concludes around 3:30pm. It will be immediately preceded by a youth tribute march that will start at 11:05am.
The parade goes north on Fifth Avenue, from 26th to 46th Street. The route is 1.2 miles, and take approximately 30-35 minutes.
The parade is preceded by our traditional Opening Ceremony inside Madison Square Park (24th Strret & Fifth Avenue). The ceremony begins at 11:00am and begins with a moment of silence to commemorate the precise moment of the Armistice that ended Work War I (the 11th hour of the 11th Day of the 11th month). The ceremony ends just before 12:00 noon with the laying of wreaths at the Eternal Light monument. Limited seating is available at the opening ceremony, with preference given to our disabled and elderly veterans.