“The Veterans’ Day Parade is coming to town”
The annual Veterans’ Day Parade will be held on Monday November 11, 2013 in downtown Austin, TX. The event kicks off at 9 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 honoring
Wounded Warriors Past and Present
A Tribute to Austin VA Outpatient Clinic
A special flyover is scheduled for the start of the Memorial Ceremony, at 11 AM, performed by the Commemorative Air Force from San Marcos, Texas.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’, Veterans Day National Committee has selected Travis County and the City of Austin as a NATIONAL REGIONAL SITE for this 2013 Veterans’ Day celebration. This marks America’s 60th Annual Veterans’ Day event.
How to Participate
The Parade welcomes any group that wants to show support for the troops. Just fill out the application and fax it to 512-854-4453. For more information call 512-854-9340.
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.
Make money orders or checks out to: MSC Veterans' Day Parade Committee
The mailing address is:
TRAVIS COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICE
ATTN: Veterans' Day Parade Committee
P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767
SUBMIT APPLICATION BY NOV. 1, 2013
FIRST COME MARCH ORDER RANKING.
SAFETY FIRST TIPS
Welcome to the Veterans’ Day Celebration and Parade. We are pleased you are here to honor all the veterans. Please review this information and help us make this a safe and fun event for everyone.
Parades and public events are fun and this is no exception. However, we must remind all of the dangers of moving vehicles in the crowded area. PLEASE be extremely careful!
Some suggestions to remind you of Safety First.
1. Do not exceed the speed limit in the parade and congested areas. Five MPH is the maximum speed. That doesn’t mean you have to drive that fast. Slower is always better.
2. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you, from pedestrians and parade watchers.
3. Do not throw candy or give-away items from the floats or parade entries to the audience. This is no longer permitted by the parade authorities. One year, we experienced a serious medical injury due to a person throwing candy. Again, NO THROWING ITEMS FROM THE PARADE UNITS. This will be strictly enforced. Children will run toward vehicles to get candy and that is extremely dangerous!!!
4. If there is an emergency and you need help do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. Be sure and advise the operator of your exact location.
5. If your vehicle fails, simply drive it to one of the side roads and ask for assistance. Do not panic.
6. Drink lots of water, use sunscreen and relax.
7. The police department is here to help. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.
8. Keep in mind that youngsters and most oldsters, love parades. It is easy to get caught up on the excitement and forget safety matters. PLEASE BE CAREFUL!!! We want you with us next year.
9. Absolutely no firing of weapons of any kind. That includes starter guns, historic rifles and western pistols. This is strictly prohibited and violation may result in an arrest. We have experienced challenging time over the past years and we enforce this rule for obvious reasons.
10. There is no rush to finish the parade. Please keep your intervals. Use common sense and don’t allow a gap in the parade.
When this happens pedestrians try to cross between parade units and disrupt the parade.
11. Patience is necessary in the parade. Watch out for youngsters and oldsters and those who just seem to not pay attention. Be careful.
12. Please hydrate yourself at least 2 days prior to the parade so we can minimize the risk of anyone suffering from dehydration.
Finally if you need emergency assistance, contact 9-1-1 first or a police officer. If you have operational problem you may contact the parade officials on site the day of the parade. The Veterans’ Day Celebration will start at 11:00 am on the south steps of the Capitol.