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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.


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..


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.


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 (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 For local notifications, select Austin agencies within the Nixle site.


Austin Veterans Day Parade - @ATXVeteransDay

Austin Police Department - @Austin_Police

Travis Sheriff County - @TravisCoSheriff

Austin Fire Department - @austinfiredept

City of Austin - @AustinTXgov


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).


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

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

Units and organizations from 2019.  We'd love to see your organization in 2020:
(not every number or time is sequential)

Tejanos In Action Veterans 1 7:00
Texas Association of Vietnam Veterans (TAVV) 2 7:00
Austin Police Honor Guard and Pipe and Drum Corps 3 7:00
Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association 4 7:05
American Legion riders post 83 5 7:05
Congressman Michael McCaul 6 7:10
Del Valle High School Air Force JROTC 9 7:00
Del Valle High School Varsity Cheer 10 7:00
Del Valle High School Band 11 7:00
Del Valle High School Cardinal Belles and Cardettes 12 7:00
Grand Marshall Neller and veteran Alan Babin 13 7:10
FOX 7 Austin 14 7:10
Austin Vet Center 15 7:10
American Legion Travis Post 76 17 7:15
Veterans of Foreign Wars Capital City Post 8787 19 7:15
Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1919 22 7:15
Austin Community Eagles Society (ACES) 23 7:15
Cody Morrow 24 7:10
Longhorn Corvette Club 26 7:20
Austin Veterans Art Fest 27 7:25
City of Austin including Mayor Steve Adler 28 7:25
Veterans for Ending Homelessness 29 7:25
Greater Austin Chapter of the Blinded Veterans Association 31 7:35
American Legion Post 326 from Onion Creek 32 7:35
CenTex Detachment, Marine Corps League of Texas 33 7:35
I. P. Sarge Bell VFW Post 3377 34 7:35
Capitol City A's 35 7:40
St Mary Cathedral Cub Scout Pack #7 36 7:45
American Red Cross 37 7:45
Bastrop High School NJROTC 38 7:45
Lone Star Chapter #4 DAV - Disabled American Veterans 40 7:45
Akins Early College High School 41 7:50
Jewish War Veterans 42 7:55
City of Austin SWAT 43 7:55
City of Austin Emergency Medical Services Dept. 45 7:55
The Home Depot 46 7:55
1-143 Infantry (Airborne) 47 8:00
Texas Airborne Alliance 48 8:00
Girl Scouts of Central Texas 49 7:50
C3 Car Club Austin Chapter 50 7:55
VFW Post 8925 51 8:00
National Sojourners Anson Jones # 507 52 8:00
American Legion Post 83 53 8:00
Westwood HS TX-861st 54 8:00
USSVI Central Texas Base Sub Vets 56 8:10
Catholic War Veterans Post 1805, Inc. 57 8:10
Austin JeepPeople 58 8:15
McDade Bulldog Marching Band 60 8:15
Hollywood Feed 61 8:20
LifePod Corps 62 8:20
Veterans Affair OutpatientClinic Austin 64 8:20
Combat ROTC team 65 8:30
Texas Organ Sharing Alliance 66 8:30
Cub Scout Pack 33 67 8:30
Knights of Columbus 68 8:30
Central Texas Gun Works 69 8:30
Austin Jeep Vets 70 8:30
Watershed Protection Department 72 8:35
Marsh 73 8:35
Capital Area Regents Council, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution 74 8:35
Lone Star Military Vehicle Preservation Assoc. 75 8:35
Wreaths Across America 76 8:40
The Timothy Center 76 8:40
Veterans for Peace, Inc. Chapter 66 77 8:40
Indeed 78 8:40
Veterans for Natural Rights 79 8:45
Austin Bar Association 81 8:45
ONE Gas, Inc. 82 8:45
City of Austin-Department of Aviation 85 8:40
JP Morgan Chase Veterans 86 8:45
Austin Fire Department 87 8:45
GoDaddy 88 7:55
USAA Design Studio 95 8:45
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders Marching Band 99 9:00
Austin Resource Recovery 100 8:45


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 2021.