More than 600,000 people are expected to line the streets of Fifth Avenue in New York City on Tuesday for the 2014 America’s Parade, the largest Veterans Day parade in the country. Ray Kelly, the former New York City police commissioner and a veteran of the Vietnam War who served in the Marines, will be the parade’s grand marshal.
“America’s Parade plays a critical role in raising awareness of the issues faced by all veterans -- especially our most recent generation of veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and other post-9/11 operations,” said the United War Veterans Council, the parade’s organizers. “By telling their story on the nation’s largest stage, the parade reminds Americans everywhere of the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our freedoms, and mobilizes the public to support those organizations that are working tirelessly to serve their needs.”
The parade is scheduled to kick off at 11:25 a.m. EST and end around 3:30 p.m., according to the event’s organizers. The parade route goes up 26 blocks of Fifth Avenue, from 26th Street to 52nd Street, or about 1.3 miles.
If you won’t be one of the 600,000 people attending the parade, you can still view America’s largest Veterans Day parade online. New York City’s Fox affiliate, WNYW, will be live streaming the parade here. The event will also be broadcast on nine television stations around the country:
- WDCA, Channel 20, Washington, D.C.
- WMYT, Channel 55, Charlotte, North Carolina
- WRBW, Channel 65, Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Florida
- WPWR, Channel 29, Chicago
- WFTC, Channel 29, Minneapolis-St. Paul
- KDFI, Channel 4, Dallas-Ft. Worth
- KTXH, Channel 1, Houston
- KUTP, Channel 20, Phoenix
- KCOP, Channel 13, Los Angeles
Last year’s parade featured 200 groups ranging from veterans to bands to youth organizations. The grand marshal for the 2013 Veterans Day parade was retired Army Gen. Ann Dunwoody, the first female to become a four-star general.