NEWS-01: New York City Parade 2013
Submitted by: T. Michael Bircumshaw on 9/26/2013
We (USSVI) have been invited back to New York City again this year for the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2013. The NYC Veterans Day Parade is the largest Veterans Day Parade in the nation. The sole purpose of the NYC Veterans Day Parade is to honor the service of our Veterans and to salute our currently serving military.
Last year, they expected in excess of 20,000 participants and over 600,000 parade spectators along the parade route. Those numbers were FAR exceeded. The event is televised also, so millions more will view it.
Last year was our Second year of participating, and we had a small number of participants (20) and 2 submarine float. Five different bases were represented and all had a great time. I would like to see many times that amount participating this year. They can handle as many as want to show up. This includes floats.
Please get back to me if you are interested in participating this year. It is a great opportunity to show the rest of the world we are proud Submariners and great advertising for USSVI. I will be handling the application and registration process again this year, and the sooner I can find out approximately how many shipmates and floats will be participating, the better the parade committee can plan their logistics (parking, staging, etc). We can only have 2 Floats, Rhode Island Base is providing its float of the USS Providence (SSN717), could use one more.
Thanking you in advance, and looking forward to seeing you in NYC on Veterans Day.
This years POC is Rhode Island Base Commander, Charlie Mueller