Veterans Day Parade (New York City)

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Veterans Day Parade
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The parade in 2009.
Begins11:15 a.m.
Ends3:30 p.m.
Frequencyyearly on Veterans Day
VenueFifth Avenue, Borough of Manhattan
Location(s)New York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Participantsapproximately 25,000
LeaderUnited War Veterans Council (UWVC)
Sponsorvarious entities, official website

The New York City Veterans Day Parade, which is an annual parade produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), is the largest Veterans Day event in the United States of America.

The event, which is held in New York's Manhattan borough honoring living U.S. servicemen and women, begins just after 11 a.m. EST on Veterans Day.


The Veterans Day Parade in New York has been in existence since 1919.[1]

Over 25,000 people participate in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City each year, making it the largest in the nation.

The Veterans Day commemoration begins with a wreath-laying ceremony one hour prior to the start of the parade at the Eternal Light Flagstaff in Madison Square Park.

The celebrations are aired live on The CW's flagship NYC station, WPIX, and is streamed live on its official Facebook fanpage.


2015 Parade[edit]

Robert M. Morgenthau, the former Manhattan district attorney; United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, as well as Navy veteran, served as the parade’s Grand Marshal. Incidentally, Morgenthau was born in 1919, the same year of the first Veteran's Day Parade.

2014 Parade[edit]

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was the Grand Marshal for the 95th edition of the parade. Kelly was bestowed the honor in recognition of his time in the Marines, as well as Kelly's 13 years as police commissioner in two separate appointments (1992–1994 and 2002–2013), under Mayors David Dinkins and Michael Bloomberg, respectively.

2013 Parade[edit]

Ret. General Officer Ann Dunwoody, the first-ever female Four Star general in the U.S. Army, served as Grand Marshal, in honor of Dunwoody's near-four decades worth of dedicated military service.

2012 Parade[edit]

Late New York City Mayor Ed Koch served as Grand Marshal of the 2012 parade.

2011 Parade[edit]

The parade took place on 11/11/11 (November 11, 2011), commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, 2001. The 2011 parade included 27 active military units from all branches, six Medal of Honor recipients, veterans groups and high school bands from around the nation.


There are a variety of marchers, floats and marching bands in the Veterans Day Parade. Participants include active officers, various veterans groups, junior ROTC members, and the families of veterans.

Parade Route[edit]

The Veterans Day Parade begins on Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, and continues north along Fifth Avenue to 56th Street.[2]

See Also[edit]


  1. ^ "Day In History: York City parade honors World War I veterans".
  2. ^ "Veterans Day in NYC".