Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to turn out Wednesday for America's Parade in New York City. The event, considered the largest Veterans Day celebration in the United States, will recognize the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Shield. The nonpartisan event focuses this year on celebrating the U.S. Navy, according to its website.
More than 250 organizations of veterans and supporters will march up Fifth Avenue. Spectators can stand along the route to watch and spot the parade's grand marshal, Navy veteran Robert Morgenthau. The parade is part of Veterans Week.
"The amazing lineup of events celebrates and honors, deservingly, the brave men and women, past and present, who serve in the U.S. military," Vince McGowan, president of parade organizers the United War Veterans Council, told Broadway World. "And we still might have a few more surprises in store."
It starts Wednesday at 11:25 a.m. EST after an opening ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument near Madison Square Park that runs from 10 to 11, according to the website. The parade goes up Fifth Ave from 26th Street to 52nd and ends at about 3:30 p.m.
If you can't make it in person, tune into these channels. All live broadcasts start at noon:
- PIX11 in New York City
- KCPQ in Seattle
- WPHL-D2 in Philadelphia
- KRCW in Portland
“It is indeed fitting that PIX11, which traces its roots to World War I veteran Joseph Medill Patterson, will broadcast the 96th annual Veterans Day Parade in New York City – America’s Parade,” McGowan said in a statement. “With PIX11’s support, we will continue the great tradition of honoring service and of telling the stories of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for us.”