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The annual Veterans’ Day Parade will be held on Sunday, November 11, 2018, in downtown Austin, Texas. The event kicks off at 9:00 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 World War I Centennial in Travis County.  Many people will be wearing or passing out red poppies. 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 September 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)

These are the units and organizations approved as of 9 November, 2018:

Organization Org Description
Tejanos in Action Ana Leibas-Thompson is the new Commander for 2018/2019....and is our 1st Female Commander for the 25th year of existence -  Tejanos in Action Veterans - Ana Leibas-Thompson is the new Commander for 2018/2019....and the 1st Female Commander in 25 years of existence - 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.
Senator Cornyn / Grand Marshall from Operation Finally Home Senator John Cornyn and our Grand Marshall from Operation Finally Home -
Atria Senior Living and Sweet Rides of Texas Veterans from the Atria Senior Living and Sweet Rides of Texas, some in Corvettes driven by members of the Longhorn Corvette Club - we’ll see them again.
Texas Capital Chapter 1919 Military Order of the Purple Heart The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Texas Capital Chapter 1919 - Commander Jim Bracken, USMC (Retired). The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded or killed by an instrument of war in the hands of our nation’s enemies. The organization was formed in 1932 and is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans. Chapter 1919 is the local chapter of the National organization. These are combat wounded veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflicts against declared enemies of the United States. 
Del Valle High School Air Force JROTC Del Valley High School Air Force Junior ROTC.
Del Valle High School Band The Del Valle High School Proud Cardinal Band is under the direction of Tom Guyton, Mary Zapchenk, and Tim Kaiser.  Drum Majors for the band are: Natalie Morales, Trey Washington, Tierrany Johnson, and Aaron Alejandro
Del Valle High School Cardinal Belles and Cardettes Dance team Nationally award winning, Cardinal Belles and Cardettes dance team and dance guard from Del Valle High School
Directed by Catherine Zink and Kara Martinez
This years Social Officer is President Sabrina Tabor and Drill Officers for the Belles are Junior Lt. Kaylen Escobar, Junior Lt. Naya Martinez, 1st Lt. Kiara Gomez, and Captain Izaris Capetillo
FOX 7 AUSTIN This is tentative - We are hoping to include Honor Flight on our float, but have not received final confirmation so this may change:
HERE IS MIKE WARREN WITH THE FOX 7 CARE FORCE!  THE FOX 7 CARE FORCE SUPPORTS OUR VETERANS AND FAMILIES BY TELLING THEIR STORIES. MIKE BRINGS US A NEW VETERAN'S STORY EVERY OTHER THURSDAY ON FOX 7 AUSTIN NEWS AT 5 & 9PM.
AKINS HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JROTC W. CHARLES AKINS HIGH SCHOOL AIR FORCE JROTC IS LED BY CADET/COLONEL MONIQUE ROTTMANN UNDER THE DIRECTION OF LT. COL JACK RICKMAN AND MSGT OSCAR RIOS.  THIS IS AKINS' 17TH YEAR PARTICIPATING IN THE TRAVIS COUNTY VETERANS DAY PARADE.
DAV, Lone Star 4 Disabled American Veterans Chapter 4
American Legion Post 326 American Legion Post 326 from South Austin’s Onion Creek and Buda, TX, areas has 150 plus veteran members from all branches of the military services.  This Post annually distributes college scholarship grants to JROTC seniors at four south side High Schools and to nine deserving local college student veterans.  To our knowledge, Post 326 is the only American Legion Post that donates to college student veterans.  They also annually donate over $30,000 to military personnel and veterans or their families in need.
Austin Travis County Vietnam Memorial Association.  Inc. Remembering and Honoring our Brothers and Sister KIA Memorial.

Commander First Sargent: Raul Rosa.

VFW Motorcycle Group A coalition of Veteran Motorcycle riders consisting of members from VFWMG Unit 5, VFWMG Unit 10, Legion Riders and the Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association
McNeil AFJROTC TX-934 The cadets of McNeil High School Air Force JROTC.  TX-934
Austin Police Department Austin Police Department's Recruiting Unit.  We are hiring now!  Please join us in keeping Austin safe!
Cub Scouts Pack 33 St. Ignatius Cub Scout Pack 33
City of Austin EMS Department The City of Austin's Emergency Medical Services Department (Austin-Travis County EMS) provides 911 response to the citizens of Austin and Travis County and is proud to employ Veterans and active Reservists from every branch of service.
Westwood High School Tx-861 Air Force JROTC The TX-861 AFJROTC  of Westwood High School
I. P. Sarge Bell VFW Post 3377 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3377 from Manchaca Texas
University of Texas System For more than 130 years, The University of Texas System has been committed to improving the lives of Texans and people all over the world through education, research and health care.  The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, with 14 institutions that educate more than 235,000 students. Each year, UT institutions award more than one-third of all undergraduate degrees in Texas and almost two-thirds of all health professional degrees. With about 21,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates – and more than 85,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.
Ann Richards Marching Stars The Ann Richards Marching Stars is the nation's only all-female competitive Marching Band. Founded in 2010, the Marching Stars have made numerous appearances at Bands of America events, UIL contests, and events that support the Austin community.
City of Austin The following will be in the parade

• The Mayor and Council – Veteran Commissioners and City of Austin Employees who are veterans (walking)
• APD (vehicle)
• EMS (vehicle)
• Fire (Fire Truck)

Austin Post 757 Jewish War Veterans Veterans and citizens of the United States of America, of the Jewish faith, who served in the Wars of the United States of America, in order that we may be of greater service to our country and to one another and encourage the doctrine of universal liberty, equal rights, and full justice to all men and women.
Huston-Tillotson University Huston-Tillotson University - is a Historically Black College that caters to students of all nationalities and cultures who wish to obtain a quality education in Leadership and Excellence. The University's ROTC Students are trained to be future leaders as officers in our United States military while making the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country.
Their mission: A connected World where Diversity of Thought Matters.
Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel The Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to preventing suicides among our nations veterans, military members and their families. They are the creators of the Austin Veterans Art Festival (AVAFEST) which will have its inaugural appearance in 2019.
In just 4 more days on November 15, 2018 there will be a Launch Party Fundraiser at the Belmont where veterans will sing, act, dance and exhibit to paintings to raise money foeor next years national Austin Veterans Arts Festival.
Austin Community Eagles Society (ACES) A fraternal organization of retired Air Force, Army and Marine Colonels and Navy Captains who support active duty and veterans organizations.
Patrick Henry Sons of the American Revolution  Texas SAR Sons of the American Revolution, Patrick Henry Chapter with the Texas DAR Daughters of the American Revolution, Austin Capital Regents Council
Catholic War Veterans Post 1805 Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary of the United States, San Jose Post 1805 was chartered on Dec. 7, 1957, Our motto: FOR GOD, COUNTRY and HOME. Post Commander ARTURO REYES, Auxiliary President Bertha Gaona.
Oak Hill Girl Scout Service Unit These are Girl Scouts and Brownie Scouts representing the Oak Hill Service Unit.
American Legion Post 83 American Legion Post 83 members include the legionnaires, the American Legion auxiliary, the Son's of the American Legion, and Riders of American Legion and also the Del Valle ROTC
Austin Vet Center The Austin Vet Center is one of the 300 vet centers nationwide. Vet Centers were established by Congress in 1979 under the Readjustment Counseling Service, Department of Veterans Affairs.  The goal of the vet centers are to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services, to help vets make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 23-7 Capital of Texas Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.  Our motto is "Veterans Helping Veterans"
VFW 8787 VFW 8787 is a 500 plus membership organization that provides support and comradeship to all ages and all services. We hold monthly meetings, special events, rental halls for up to 300 people. We also have a full service bar open daily, dinner nights,live music, karaoke and more. We are looking for new members and welcome visitors.
Veterans for Ending Homelessness Veterans for ending homelessness is comprised of Veterans, their loved ones, VA staff, and community advocates committed to ending homelessness amongst Veterans.
/VFW Pilot Knob Post 8925 Veterans of Foreign Wars pilot Knob Post 8925.
Anson Jones Chapter, National Sojourners National Sojourners are Freemasons and Military Veterans who Promote Americanism and patriotism through American Flag programs, Youth Leadership Conferences, National Essay Contests and JROTC Medal presentations.  God bless America.
American Legion Travis Post 76 American Legion Travis Post 76 is celebrating its 100th year as an American Legion Post.
The Spirit of 76 Honor Guard leads the other Post members who represent all current War time veterans.
Austin Bar Foundation The Austin Bar Association is made up of more than 4,300 attorneys within the Austin-area. The Austin Bar prides itself on a long-standing commitment to provide attorneys continuing legal education, networking and social opportunities, along with service to the community.
Austin Fire Department The Austin Fire Department will have two fire truck units, and if needed, one of them can lead the parade.  In Addition, part of the Executive Team will participate by walking in the parade.
Cathedral of Saint Mary Cub Scout Pack 7 Cathedral of Saint Mary Cub Scout Pack 7
CenTex Detachment, Marine Corps League of Texas CenTex Detachment #318, Marine Corps League of Texas, celebrating the 242nd birthday of the United States Marine Corps
Veterans for Peace, Inc. Chapter 66 Veterans for Peace, Inc. is a national organization of military veterans of all wars, family members and associate members who wish to end war as an instrument of foreign policy. We advocate for the health and welfare of both veterans and by extension  the nation as a whole.
Austin Masonic Lodge #12 Austin Masonic Lodge #12 that was chartered  on Nov. 7, 1839 in Austin, Texas. It is a Republic of Texas masonic lodge!
With Ben Hur Shriners / Trail Blazzer Unit.
Girl Scouts of Central Texas Girl Scouts is  the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Our mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
House the Homeless Inc. House the Homeless Inc founded in 1989, is comprised of Veterans and non veterans. We fight for Living Wage Jobs in Austin and across the nation. Hire a vet and demand Living Wages! We'll house ourselves!
Texas Asso. of Vietnam Veterans State chartered in 1985, the Texas Assoc. of Vietnam Veterans has served Central Texas as a fraternal, non-political organization of Vietnam Veterans and associates
Lone Star Military Vehicle Assoc. These restored vehicles are of the types used in WW II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.  They are privately owned and restored by members of the Lone Star Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc.  The primary mission is "To promote the awareness of, and interest in the history and preservation of historic vehicles and equipment"
Austin Police Department Special Operation - SWAT Austin Police Department -SWAT
Knights of Columbus The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic fraternal service organization and is active as a charitable and benevolent organization at the local, state, national, and international levels.  Currently, there are more than 1.8 million members in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Guam, Poland, Panama, the Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, Guatemala, and Saipan
Austin Resource Recovery We all appreciate the City of Austin's Resource Recovery Program
City of Austin-Department of Aviation Cruising at an altitude of 14' feet is "Spirt" the jet for the City of Austin, Department of Aviation Division and the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The float's portion stands 14' feet tall, and 24' feet long, with a wing span of 20' feet.
Pack 535 Cub Scout Pack 535, Thunderbird District, Capitol Area Council based at Kiker Elementary School in Circle C Ranch.
The Home Depot Home Depot Associate choose to serve in their communities. Team Depot projects, supported by the Home Depot Foundation, help veterans across the city.
5G Electrical Services US VETERAN OWNED Electrical Company. 5G Electrical Services. 5G worked on commercial and residential projects. Get up to date with new LED light fixtures and smart switches.
Travis Manion Foundation Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers veterans and families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations. In 2007, 1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis' legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, "If Not Me, Then Who..."
Guided by this mantra, veterans and survivors continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation's heroes live on in the next generation. Join the Austin Chapter by visiting travismanion.org!
Bowie HS AF JROTC
AustinJeep People We are a local jeep group that support our troops/vets and first responders. We have been ask by Kelly to come on out and be in the parade to have each Jeep caring a veteran. I have 7 yes as today and will give you a final count on jeeps on November 2nd.. please let me know ASAP if there a max number of jeeps that can be in it.
C3 Car Club Austin C3 Car Club is a community service and family based club for Chargers, Challengers, and Camaros as well as those who affiliate with their cause.
Marsh USA, Inc. Marsh & 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.
Harmony Public Schools Austin Servicing Pre-K through 12th grade students for over 16 years, Harmony Public Schools Austin offers STEM-based education for over 7 campuses across the Austin area.
Longhorn Corvette Club Do you feel the rumble of America's Sports Car? That is the Longhorn Corvette Club with members from sister clubs.
Longhorn celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The club is very proud it was founded by Vietnam veterans.
The club supports many veteran charities including the Austin Veteran Parade Foundation. They also secured vehicles for the veterans that rode with Senator Cornyn.
The club invites everyone to the LCC Fast and Classic, today at 1 PM, 15th and Colorado. Where more money will be raised for the Foundation.
Austin MINI Cooper Car Club The Austin MINI Cooper Car Club gathers for motoring fun and all things MINI Cooper.
Capitol City A's The Capitol City A's is a national chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America, dedicated to restoring and preserving Model A Fords manufactured between 1928 to 1931.
Cen-Tex Pop-A-Lock Locked out or need a new key? Need roadside assistance?  No worries, Pop-A-Lock is here to help.
Proudly serving the Central Texas area for over 20 years.
Also don't forget, thanks to PAL Saves Kids if your child is locked in your car or home Pop-A-Lock will come out at no charge to you.
Central Texas Gun Works Michael Cargill has spent the last decade championing and supporting the rights of law abiding Texans to own and use firearms. He is the owner of Central Texas Gun Works which is a gun store and training facility. He has served his country honorably in the United States Army for 12 years. He has achieved national exposure in such prestigious media outlets as Forbes Magazine, Fox Business News, CNN Money, AOL, BBC World News, Huffington Post and the New York Times.
USAA Design Studio USAA provides financial services and products to the military community since 1922. Going above for those who have gone beyond!