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The annual Veterans’ Day Parade is usually held on November 11of each year, in downtown Austin, Texas. 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 announced after the events are approved.  The Department of Veterans Affairs will announce the 2021 theme as the time draws near. 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 2021 or as soon as the parade has approval to proceed.

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 marched in this years' parade?  For safety and security, only registered organizations are allowed to participate.  Please register at austinveteransparadefoundation.org/registration-2022/

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

Order Time: Wreath Participating Organization Organization Description
1 6:30am Yes Tejanos In Action
2 6:30am American Legion Travis Post 76 Color Guard
3 6:30am Rolls Royces Gen. Rainey, Mgen Keating, Cong. McCaul, Cong. Doggett,
4 6:30am Del Valle HS Proud Cardinal Band The Del Valle High School Proud Cardinal Band has been leading the Veterans Day Parade for many years.  We would be honored and proud to lead the parade again and perform on the steps of the Capital.
5 6:30Aam Del Valle High School Cardinal Belles and Cardettes The nationally award winning Del Valle Cardinal Belles and Cardettes are under the direction of Catherine Gonzales and Kara Martinez

The Belles are led by Captain- Rebecca Martinez

1st Lt- Marley Moore

Senior Lt- Kaylee Ovalle

and Senior Lt- Giavanna De Lucio

Belle Line Sergeants are Janet Alvarez

Angelina Ortiz and

Julia Perierra

Socials officers are President Kassidy Gill

Mara Velasquez

Jasmine Tamayo

San Juana Lares

and Michelle Cazares

6 6:45am Del valle high school cheer Del valle high school cheerleaders
7 6:45am Yes CenTex Detachment #318 of the Marine Corps League of Texas The Marine Corps League was established by An Act of Congress on April 4, 1937, making it the only federally chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Its mission is to promote the interest and to preserve the traditions of the United States Marine Corps; strengthen the fraternity of Marines and their families; serve Marines and FMF Corpsmen who wear or who have worn the Eagle Globe and Anchor; and foster the ideals of Americanism and patriotic volunteerism.
8 6:45am Yes Travis Manion Foundation Travis Manion Foundation strives to unite and strengthen communities by training, developing, and highlighting the role models that lead them. We develop programs, training opportunities, and events designed to empower veterans and families of the fallen, and then inspire them to pass on their values to the next generation and the community at large.

Before his final deployment to Iraq,  1stLt Travis Manion, USMC, who made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of his patrol in 2007,  left us with a simple but powerful ethos. "If Not Me, Then Who..." describes the sense of duty felt by service members and their families.

9 6:45am Austin Community Eagles Society (ACES) Austin Community Eagles Society, or ACES, is a fraternal organization of active duty and retired Colonel and Navy Captains.  Our mission is to gather regularly and support military related charities in the community.
10 7:00am Del Valle HS AFJROTC Del Valle High School Air Force JROTC program was established in 1994.  It has been know for its involvement in the Del Valle and Austin community.  It has been recognized as a distinguished unit for the past 9 years.  It is under the command of Cadet/Lt Colonel Emily Soria.
11 7:00am Veteran Healing Church We are a church founded in Texas to help bring healing to the millions of veterans suffering from Suicide, PTSD, addiction and TBI using natural medicines, conscious community and the spiritual technologies of sound and light.
12 Girl Scout Troop 8 of Mathews Elementary
13 7:00am VFW Post 4443
14 7:00am Yes American Legion Travis Post 76 American Legion Travis Post 76 was founded in 1919 and has been a leader in Veterans programs in Austin ever since.
15 7:00am Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority, officially stylized as CapMetro, is a public transportation provider located in Austin, Texas. It operates bus, paratransit services and a commuter rail system known as the Capital MetroRail in Austin and several suburbs in Travis and Williamson counties.
16 7:15am Austin Resource Recovery
17 7:15am American Legion Post 83 American Legion Supports Veterans In the Austin area We are Located at 4401 E. St. Elmo Rd
18 7:15am Daughters of the American Revolution - Capital Area Regents Council Daughters of the American Revolution - Capital Area Regents Council - along with Sons of the American Revolution, supporting education, historic preservation, and patriotism.
19 7:15am Yes Veterans for Peace, Inc. Chapter 66 Veterans for Peace, Inc. was formed in 1985 for all U.S military veterans , their families and non military associate members who share our objectives of seeking peaceful means to resolve conflicts and oppose war as a profit making enterprise as explained by President Eisenhower in his Farewell  address to the Nation on January 17, 1961. We wish to maintain and expand the Veterans Administration health care system.  We wish to educate people on the true and total costs of warfare.
20 7:15am Yes Catholic War Veterans Post 1805, Inc. The Catholic War Veterans Post 1805, Inc. was Chartered on December 7, 1957, in Austin, Texas. Assists all veterans and their dependents and the community with scholarships and charitable donations. The post has been active in Austin, Texas for sixty-five years and is led by Post Commander Julian a. Mendoza and Auxiliary President Bertha Gaona.
21 7:30am City of Austin EMS The City of Austin's Emergency Medical Services Department is proud to support all of our military brothers and sisters who have served and continue to serve to protect our freedom. Austin-Travis County EMS is honored to have many Veterans, active and inactive, employed within our ranks.
22 7:30am Capitol City A's The general purpose is to encourage the members to acquire, preserve, restore, exhibit, and make use of the Model "A" Ford, model years 1928 to 1931, and all things pertaining to the Model "A: Ford, including technical and historical information and to promote the introduction of ideas and fellowship among its members.
23 7:30am Yes VFW Post 8925 VFW Post 8925 Pilot Knob Texas
24 7:30am Austin Police Department Austin Police Department Honor Guard and Pipe and Drum Corps
25 7:30am City of Austin Watershed Protection Department The Watershed Protection Department of the City of Austin works to protect lives, property and the environment by reducing the impact of flood, erosion and water pollution. The department is actively looking for input from you, the residents of Austin, to help inform updates to its Strategic Plan, "Rain to River.
26 7:45am Yes Longhorn Corvette Club Vietnam veterans founded the club 49 years ago this month. The Longhorn Corvette Club enjoys racing their cars, cruising around Central Texas, and other events. We have also enjoyed supporting the parade by giving rides to veterans. Visit www.longhorncorvette.com to find out the celebrations in store for our 50th anniversary in 2023.
27 7:45am Texas Veteran Riders Texas Veteran Riders is riding outlet for Veterans to fellowship, eat and ride the Central Texas region
28 7:45am Anson Jones Chapter No.507, National Sojourners, Inc. National Sojourners, Inc.,  is a fraternal organization of Freemasons who are serving or have served honorably as members of the uniformed service of the United States or have been elected to Honorary membership. With a number of programs covering Americanism and Patriotism, National Sojourners Youth Outreach Mission is to," Teach Young Americans about America."
29 7:45am Cathedral of St. Mary Cub Scout Pack 007 Cathedral is St. Mary Cub Scout Pack 007
30 7:45am American Legion Post 326 American Legion Post 326, Onion Creek, Austin, Texas
31 8:00am Yes Ryan Companies US, Inc. Established in 1938, Ryan Companies is a commercial real estate firm specializing in development, architecture, construction and property management.  Ryan's internal employee resource group Shamrock 6, a group of veteran employees and supporters, is proud to celebrate the impact our veterans have made on the Austin skyline.
32 8:00am Lone Star Military Vehicle Preservation Assn The Lone Star MVPA is a club dedicated to the preservation of military vehicles, equipment and general military history.  All vehicles and equipment  are privately funded, owned and maintained by individual members of the club.   The club participates in numerous parades, car shows, and static displays at events in the central Texas area.
33 8:00am Austin Jeep Vets Austin Jeep Vets is comprised of 400 plus veteran's who reside in the greater Austin area that share a love of jeeps, trail wheeling and rock crawling.

Our purpose is to share camaraderie with other like-minded veterans who speak the same language, easily relate to one another and understands what "HURRY UP and WAIT" means.

34 8:00am The Austin Fire Department Our Mission

The Austin Fire Department is committed to creating safe and resilient communities through prevention, preparedness, and effective emergency response.

Our Vision

The Austin Fire Department sets the standard among public safety agencies, serving the community through innovation and collaboration, while honoring tradition and embracing inclusion, equity, and diversity for all.

35 8:00am The Austin Fire Department Our Mission

The Austin Fire Department is committed to creating safe and resilient communities through prevention, preparedness, and effective emergency response.

Our Vision

The Austin Fire Department sets the standard among public safety agencies, serving the community through innovation and collaboration, while honoring tradition and embracing inclusion, equity, and diversity for all.

36 8:15am Yes Anerican Legion Travis Post 76 American Legion Travis Post 76 was organized in 1919. The Historic Charles Johnson House has been the Post Home for 98 years.

The American Legion is our nation's largest, oldest and most influential Veterans Service Organization.

37 8:15am Chef Purple Urple More Chef Purple Urple More is a 501C Non-Profit. Dedicated to providing Love, Laughter and Fun to Children & Families in Austin and Surrounding Communities. 5th Generation Austinites dedicated to Service in Love. Also, in Loving Memory of our Aunt & Uncle Pete & Teresa Casarez who were also Dedicated to The Veterans Parade for over 30 yrs.
38 8:15am Power Veteran's Initiative Power is a home remodeling company but what we do goes beyond improving homes. We're a tight-knit community providing careers fueled by growth, purpose, and support. Our culture and passion for developing leaders has gained national recognition and ultimately made us a destination workplace for the military community. Many tout being "Veteran Friendly." Power is Veteran Ready.
39 8:15am RTIC Outdoors RTIC Outdoors is a Houston based outdoor retailer who has recently created a mobile tour for the 2022-2023 season. We have a wrapped and branded 2022 Chevy Dually and 24" enclosed trailer. Our trailer currently is branded to look like a massive red, white and blue Patriot cooler. I am more than happy to share images. We will be coming from the NASCAR Cup Series Championship race here in PHX headed towards events in East Texas and would love to be a part of the parade if we get approved. We would have a driver, passenger and if possible, a couple of Brand Ambassadors who could walk along side of it. We also have the ability to hand out FREE RTIC hats to the crowd fans if permitted.
40 8:15am FOX 7
41 8:30am Texas Coalition of Veteran Organizations
42 8:30am Iron Freedom Foundation
43 8:30am Austin Community Foundation
44 8:30am VetCenter VA The Austin Vet Center is a counseling agency for Veterans and service members who served in combat operations; areas of hostility; stateside deployments or endured military service related trauma. We are located in the community providing individual, couples, family and group therapy to assist our Veterans build meaningful connections and develop tools for achieving success in both miliary and civilian life. Our services are confidential and free; our clinicians are highly trained and experienced working with our military personnel.

Our main office is located at 1524 S IH 35, Suite 100 in Austin.  We also have counselors located in the community in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Bastrop and San Marcos.

  

 

Select to sign up to ride with the Longhorn Corvette Club (as space is available)

Longhorn Corvette Club is coordinating rides for older veterans. Watch this space to sign up for 2022.