NYC Veterans Day Parade 2019
The largest celebration of service in the nation, the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade steps off at around 12 pm from 26th Street and Fifth Avenue and proceeds up Fifth Avenue to 46th Street.
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. Floats, military and vintage vehicles and other special elements add to the excitement, which is viewed by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
The parade is preceded by the traditional Opening Ceremony next to Madison Square Park (24th Street & Fifth Avenue), The ceremony begins at 11:00 am and begins with a moment of silence to commemorate the precise moment of the Armistice that ended World 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.