American veterans representing every military branch and generation of service since World War II will march up Fifth Avenue for the in-person return of New York’s Veterans Day Parade, Thursday, November 11, 2021.
The 102nd annual Parade, produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), will mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the Global War on Terror, as well as the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm. The Parade is the largest Veterans Day event in the country.
The Parade’s Grand Marshal, representing the U.S. Air Force– this year’s featured service– is Air Force veteran and local hero Kevin Carrick, a retired Senior Master Sergeant who served for over two decades as an elite Pararescueman (“PJ”) with the 106th Rescue Wing based in Westhampton, Long Island.
These elite but little-known specialists are the only Special Forces members dedicated to saving lives. With countless deployments to combat zones overseas, and to disaster areas at home and abroad, ranging from the first search and rescue military response at Ground Zero on 9/11 to providing support during the COVID pandemic, Kevin represents the very best of the spirit of service that drives men and women in every branch of the military.
This year’s Parade features nearly 200 marching units, including veteran groups, service providers, military units, student veterans, and veteran employee groups, JROTC and more. Marching bands, floats and vintage vehicles will add to the celebratory atmosphere. In addition to the Grand Marshal, the Parade will welcome back U.S. Marine Corps Desert Storm hero and 2019 Emeritus Grand Marshall Eddie Ray.
The Parade, which takes place rain or shine, steps off at 12:30 pm and will end around 3:30 pm. It will proceed on its traditional route on Fifth Avenue, stepping off at 28th street and going north to 45th Street, subject to final participation and COVID-19 adjustments. Spectators can view the Parade on Fifth Avenue, from 29th Street to its endpoint. The Parade will be broadcast live on TV and online on WABC-TV from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
“We look forward to returning in person to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the War on Terror, and the 30th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm,” said UWVC President and Executive Director Mark Otto. “These milestones represent critical moments in our nation’s history when brave men and women made great sacrifices to defend our country. We know that New Yorkers are eager to show their support for all of our veterans, and to welcome the Parade back to Fifth Avenue!”
For additional information, visit www.nycvetsday.org
ABOUT THE NYC VETERANS DAY PARADE: The New York City Veterans Day Parade is our nation’s largest Veterans Day event. Produced by the United War Veterans Council (UWVC), the Parade provides the public with the opportunity to salute our veterans and military and raises awareness for organizations working to serve their needs. The Parade features veteran groups and service providers, military units, youth and civic groups, top high school bands from across America, vintage vehicles, floats and more. It is supported by numerous sponsoring partners, including JPMorgan Chase & Co., Fiserv, T-Mobile, Wounded Warrior Project, and Cushman & Wakefield. For more information, visit www.nycvetsday.org
ABOUT THE UNITED WAR VETERANS COUNCIL: The United War Veterans Council, Inc. (UWVC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that honors and serves veterans. The UWVC supports and promotes a wide range of initiatives that provide vital services to our veterans community (including health, wellness and education); raises positive awareness and increases public understanding of the needs of our veterans community through major public events and promotional activities; and brings together veterans groups, community organizations, government agencies, businesses of all sizes and the general public. For more information, visit