Birmingham’s Annual National Veterans Day Parade celebrates the national holiday officially signed into legislation by President Eisenhower in 1954 and is the longest-running parade of its kind in the country.
“This is such a unique event for our city and for honoring the many men and women who have served and currently serve our country,” said Mark Ryan, president of the National Veterans Day Parade. “We invite individuals and families to join us downtown to help us celebrate, remember and pay homage to those who have given their all for the U.S. and its people.”
This year’s parade will include a mixture of Veterans service organizations, members of the U.S. armed forces and Alabama military supporters, as well as local color guards, high school bands and drill teams. Miss Alabama, Brianna Burrell, and local Shriners will also participate.
Set to take place Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11 — will begin at 1p.m. and will follow a slightly altered route than that of previous years. The new parade route will similarly begin on 18th Street by the Alabama Power building and end on 19th Street by City Hall, however it will wind through different historic Downtown Birmingham blocks than it has prior.
The event will also be broadcast live starting at 1:30p.m. via nationalveteransday.org for those who cannot physically attend. The 30-minute delay correlates with the parade reaching the viewing stand at City Hall.
Here’s a link to more information on this year’s parade and the NEW route!