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The annual Veterans’ Day Parade will be held on in downtown Austin, TX. The event kicks off at 9:30 AM from the Ann Richards Congress Avenue Bridge and travels up to the Texas State Capitol Building. Viewing is available all along Congress Avenue and there will be a reviewing stand at the Stephen F. Austin Hotel at Congress and 7th. Stay for the 11 AM Ceremony at the South steps of the state Capitol.

This year's theme for the Travis County and City of Austin Veterans' Day Parade and Memorial Ceremony at the South Steps of the State Capitol will be the poppy.  The practice of wearing of poppies takes its origin from the poem In Flanders Fields, written in 1915 by John McCrae. 

How to Participate

The Parade welcomes any group that wants to show support for the troops. Applications will open in 2018.

We can always use extra funds to help support this event as the Parade is put on as a community service event and any monetary donations is used to support the parade.

SAFETY FIRST TIPS

Parade Rules & Safety Guidelines

The Austin Veterans Day Parade Committee (AVDPC) is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our participants and guests. We encourage you to review our safety and security information below prior to arriving at our events.

The AVDPC safety tips and guidelines are also provided by the City of Austin.  Please download the City of Austin's (PDF) for street closure information. Modified street closures will affect Congress Avenue on November 11th beginning at 6:00 A.M. though 11 A.M..

PARADE PARTICIPANT(S) RULES AND REGULATIONS

The Austin Veterans Day Parade is the one event for all citizens in Central Texas to come together and celebrate the service and sacrifice of all those brave men and women who have served and those that continue to serve this great nation. The Austin police, Fire and Health officials remind the public that the events will be safe for all if everyone adheres to the rules and regulations:

  • Appearance in the parade is prohibited for anyone who is not approved by the AVDPC.
  • The Parade Committee reserves the right to restrict/deny participation by and participant/organization/group if their display is determined to evoke a negative emotional response.
  • ALL Fireworks are prohibited.
  • Parade participants may not wear face coverings or masks.
  • No political groups, political signs, candidate campaign signs/literature or handouts will be allowed in the parade.
  • No political agenda, political issue(s) will be allowed to be displayed by a participant/group.
  • No vulgar behavior, obscene gesture(s), offensive language, nudity or otherwise will be allowed by participants.
  • Pets are not recommended along the parade route; keep them safe at home!
  • No items may be sold along the parade route without a permit from the City of Austin.
  • No public areas—sidewalks, curbs, gutters, streets, ramps—may be cordoned or roped off.
  • No parking along Congress Avenue from the Ann Richards bridge to 11th Street. Vehicles blocking emergency travel lanes or parked in restricted areas will be towed at the owner’s expense, no exceptions. Pay attention to where you park and double-check for temporary No Parking signs and other restrictions.

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING

As part of ongoing efforts to provide a safe environment in which to enjoy Veterans Day, the Austin Veterans Day Parade Committee has partnered with the City of Austin and the Austin Police Department in “See Something, Say Something™,” a nationwide campaign to raise the public’s awareness of indicators of terrorism and to emphasize the need to report suspicious behavior promptly to the proper law enforcement authorities.

If you witness a crime in progress or other emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency matters, including activity that you believe to be suspicious, call the Austin Police Department at (512) 974-2000. You can also report criminal activity to CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 222-8477 or online at www.austincrimestoppers.org. (Be sure to reference Pasadena if you use this method.)

You may also register for trusted, real-time public safety alerts by simply texting your zip code, and/or 78701 for Austin area, to 888777 on your smart phone, or register online at www.local.nixle.com. For local notifications, select Austin agencies within the Nixle site.

STAY CONNECTED

Austin Veterans Day Parade - @ATXVeteransDay

Austin Police Department - @Austin_Police

Travis Sheriff County - @TravisCoSheriff

Austin Fire Department - @austinfiredept

City of Austin - @AustinTXgov

AUSTIN VISITORS HOTLINE

If you have specific questions about your visit, you can speak to a live person by calling the visitors hotline courtesy of the Austin Visitors Center. The toll-free Visitor Hotline number is (866) GO-AUSTIN (512-478-0098).

PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL MEDIA

By attending, participating, or viewing the Austin Veterans Day parade, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By attending the event, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, web casts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, or any other purpose by AVDP and its affiliates and representatives. You release AVDP, its officers and employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video and/or or sound recordings.

By attending the event, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, web casting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by AVDP or the person or entity designated to do so by AVDP. You have been fully informed of your consent, waiver of liability, and release before entering the event.

Parade Participants

Who is marching in the parade this year?  For safety and security, only registered organizations are allowed to participate.

(appearance does not imply endorsement or guarantee any particular thing)

Organization Name Description
Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans - Color Guard Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans continues to promote patriotism and veteran awareness
Tejanos in Action Tejanos in Action Veterans - Pete Govea Commander - is a volunteer veteran organization started in 1994 to serve all Veterans who needed assistance with Veteran related issues. TIA contributes scholarship assistance as well as scholarships for Veteran's children. TIA also performs rifle volleys   at funerals for fallen Veterans as well as presentation of color ceremonies throughout Travis County .     TIA proudly has Veterans that have proudly served in World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraqi War.   
VFW TX Motor Cycle Group Veteran motorcycle enthusist support our community.
Del Valle High School Air Force Junior ROTC Del Valle High School Air Force JROTC.
Del Vall High School Marching Band & Drill Team The Del Valle High School Proud Cardinal Band from Del Valle, Texas.  The Cardinal Band is led by drum majors:  Natalie Morales, Mark Morales, Jasmin Anjanel, and Trey Washington.  The band is directed by:  Tom Guyton, Mary Zapchenk and Timothy Kaiser.
Del Valle High School Dance Team The Nationally Award winning Del Valle High School Cardinal Belles and Cardettes dance team. The Belles and Cardettes are under the direction of Catherine Zink and Kara Martinez
Officers for the Cardinal Belles are Social Officer Sabrina Tabor and Aleana Ramirez, Dance Officers are Junior Lieutenant Kiara Gomez, 1st Lieutenant Izaris Capetillo and Captain Abigail Garcia
Officer for the Cardette JV dance team are Hailie Ellis and Sarah Keeton
FOX 7 with Grand Marshall - Overton We have the vehicle carrying Richard Overton.. the FOX 7 Care Force with Mike Warren
   
Austin Vet Center Austin Vet Center provides Readjustment Counseling Services
WilCo Blue Star Mothers WILCO BLUE STAR MOTHERS (military mothers) & GOLD STAR MOTHERS (lost their children)
American Legion Post 76 American Legion begins its 100th year as our nations oldest and largest veterans group. American Legion Travis Post 76 is led by the Spirit of 76 Color Guard. Post 76 was founded in 1919 to serve Wartime Veterans.
VFW Post 4443 VFW Post 4443 provides both financial and social support for all veterans.
DIsabled American Veterans. Lone Star Chapter 4 Austin DAV Lone Star Chapter 4 Austin is the 3rd longest active serving chapter in Texas 
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Texas Capital Chapter 1919 Military Order of the Purple Heart, Texas Capital Chapter 1919 - Commander John Augustine. The membership consists exclusively of combat wounded recipients of the Purple Heart medal from all branches of the service, Chapter 1919 is the local chapter of the national non-profit organization. It provides benefits to veterans and children in need of assistance throughout Central Texas., and provides educational, fraternal, historical and patriotic activities. These are combat wounded veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq,   Afganistan and other conflicts where America has fought.
US Army Honoree/Legion of Honor Norris Waddill, who landed on D-Day in the "Fox Red" section of Omaha Beach
Patrick Henry Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution The Patrick Henry Chapter of the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution is the SAR Chapter located in Austin, TX.   The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution consists of over 32,000 Compatriots worldwide, with more than 2,800 of that number as members of the Texas Society. The Texas Society is the largest state society in the national organization.   The TXSSAR Compatriots promote the education and understanding of the history of all of our Founding Fathers and Patriots that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country.
USAA Vets USAA---Going above for those who have gone beyond since 1922!
City of Austin Employees  
Mayor Leffingwell, Judge Eckhart, any council people or City of Austin officials  
Veterans for Ending Homelessness Veterans for Ending Homelessness is a group comprised of Veterans and advocates committed to ending homelessness amongst Veterans.
Austin Fire/Travis Co. EMS EMS Truck with CIty of Austin Employees who are veterans working for EMS
Austin Police The Austin Police Department Honor Guard and Pipe & Drum Corps. All are full time Austin Police officers assigned to various units throughout the department who take on this additional voluntary assignment.
Ernest Bartsch VFW Post 2527 VFW Post 2527 Commander Frank Andrada and Auxiliary
Cub Scout Pack 61 Cub Scout Pack 61 - From Mills Elementary in Southwest Austin Texas
Akins High School Air Force JROTC 20025 Akins JROTC Corps is led by Cadet Colonel Ma'Kayla Gay
Marsh & McLennan Companies Marsh and McLennan Companies is a global professional services firm specializing in insurance brokering and risk management. On Veterans Day in 2013, we embarked on a mission called the Veteran Talent Initiative. Our mission was to hire veterans as the right thing to do in honor of their service and because of the value they bring to the firm.
Westwood High School The Texas-861st Air Force JROTC from Westwood high school
Texas Veterans Commission Serving veterans & their families w services and benefits earned
Girl Scouts of Central Texas Girl Scouts believe in the power of every GIRL   to change the world.
Heroes Lodge Project Heroes Lodge Project provides transitional and long-term housing, jobs and counseling in Austin.
Ann Richards School Young Womens Leaders The Marching Stars is the only all-female competitive marching band in the nation
Austin Community Eagles Society Austin Community Eagles Society, or ACES, is a fraternal organization of retired Army, Air Force and Marine Colonels, and Navy Captains whose insignia is an Eagle. They contribute to organizations who support active duty and veterans.
McNeil High School Air Force JROTC McNeil High School Air Force Junior ROTC TX-934
Catholic War Veterans of the US, Post 1805 Catholic War Veterans, Post 1805 Commander, Joe Mancias For God, For Country, For Home
American Legion Post 83 American Legion Post 83 was founded in Austin TX in 1959
Eastside Memorial High School Pantherette Dance Team The EMHS Pantherette Dance Team promotes school spirit, leadership, and community.
   
VFW Pilot Knob Post 8925 VFW Post 8925 Supporting Veterans and thier families in Austin for over 50 years.
James Bowie High School Air Force Junior ROTC James Bowie High School Air Force Junior ROTC
American GI Forum of Texas Inc The American GI Forum is a Congresstionally Chartered Veterans Service Organization Founded in 1948.     Although membership is open to all honorably discharged veterans, the AGIF is the Nations oldest and largest Hispanic Veterans Service Organization.   The AGIF supports, aids and advocates for all veterans as well   as their survivors and dependents.
Capitol City Model "A" Ford Club The Model A was produced during the years of 1928-1931 with over 4 million being produced.
American Legion Post 326 Onion Creek Post 326 of the American Legion
Cub Scout Pack 535 Cub Scout Pack 535, Thunderbird District, Kiker Elementary, Circle C Ranch, Austin
Austin Masonic Lodge12/Ben Hur Shriners Fraternal organization
Honor Flight Austin Honor Flight Austin - Honoring our most senior veterans, WWII, Korean and Vietnam Veterans with a   trip of a lifetime to our nations capital. 
Marine Corps League detachment #318 as well as Military Order of Devil Dogs Pound #145 We are Marine Corps League detachment #318 as well as Military Order of Devil Dogs Pound #145 and we are based in Travis County, Austin, Texas.

2017-18 Commandant Hal Wright. Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 41105 3rd grade Brownie Troop from Davis and Spicewood Elementary Schools.
Austin Resource Recovery We would like to honor our Veterans with a parade vehicle decorated appropriately with Veteran staff from Austin Resource Recovery
Girl Scouts of Central Texas Oakhill Service Unit Girl Scouts of Central Texas - Oak Hill Service Unit
Austin Elite Drill Squad ATX elite drill squad is an honorgaurd Corp that honors the veterans 
Cub Scout Pack 33 Pack 33 is chartered out of St. Ignatius, Martyr Catholic Church in Austin's 78704.
Texas Assoc. of Vietnam Veterans The Texas Assoc. of Vietnam Veterans, state chartered in 1985, has served Central Texas as a fraternal, non-political, and pro-active organization. Its membership of Vietnam Veterans and associates promote patriotism and veteran awareness as well as general community involvement.   Marching with them are members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 915 and members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 856.       All veterans are welcome to fall in and march with us.
Lone Star Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc. These military vehicles are restored vehicles of the types used during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf, wars. The vehicles are all privately owned, restored and maintained by members of the Lone Star chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association; most often known simply by its initials, "MVPA." The primary mission of the Lone Star MVPA is to "promote the awareness of, and interest in, the history and preservation of historic vehicles and equipment."
Knights of Columbus As the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, the Knights of Columbus has provided both financial aid and volunteer hours to organizations such as March for Life, Special Olympics, World Youth Day, the Global Wheelchair Mission, the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs, as well as parishes and communities around the world. The Knights of Columbus today has a membership of more than 1.9 million members across the globe.
City of Austin Department of Aviation Cruising at an altitude of 14 feet is “Spirit” the jet from the City of Austin Aviation Dept. and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The float’s jet portion stands 14 feet tall, 24 feet long, with a wingspan of 20 feet
Diversified Youth Services Diversified Youth Services exemplify the best in Texas spirit
Anson Jones Chp. National Sojourners National Sojourners are Freemasons and Military Veterans who promote Americanism.
Longhorn Flight 38 Order of Daedalians Order of Daedalians (da-day-lians)   preserving the concept of flying for the military.
Hilton Hotels Hilton Hotels Honors Veterans
I.P. Sarge Bell VFW Post 3377 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3377 from Manchaca, Texas
Carpenters Local Union #1266 United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local Union No. 1266 Austin, TX
Salvation Army The Salvation Army has been supporting and serving veterans since World War I when they provided donuts and other support to soldiers on the front lines.  The Salvation Army serves hundreds of thousands of veterans each year across almost every zip code in the US, and locally they are helping end veteran homelessness. 
Vettes for Vets (Atria) Here comes America's Sports Car-- Saluting the veterans by revving their engines.

The Vettes for Vets represents 8 clubs and owners from Killeen down to San Antonio.

Many of the drivers are also veterans.

In addition to parades, the clubs cruise to various places in the area, race their Vettes, go to car shows, and do charity work as well.

The clubs would like to thank Henna Chevrolet and Capitol Chevrolet for their sponsorship in the parade.

Visit Longhorn Corvette dot com for more information

Atria Senior Living and Sweet Rides of Texas ATRIA at the ARBORETUM is a independent senior living community located near the Arboretum in northwest Austin. Atria is home to 16 World War II veterans and 5 Korean War Veterans. from all branches of the military, including one woman World War II veteran who served as a Paymaster in the Navy. SWEET RIDES of Central Texas is a group for all car enthusiasts from Austin to San Antonio and all the surrounding areas. Established in September, 2011 and today have almost 4000 members.
Descendants of Confederate Veterans “The Descendants of Confederate Veterans is a heritage organization comprised of male and female descendants of Confederate Soldiers, Sailors and Government Officials.  The DCV is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of Confederate Veterans with honor and dignity.”    
Littlefield Camp #59 SCV Honoring the service of Southern patriots in the War for Southern Independence 1861-1865
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 23 - 7 Vets helping Vets