Would your organization like a chance to interact with local veterans and their families?
The Southeast North Carolina Veterans Day Parade will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in downtown Wilmington. It starts at Third and Hanover streets and ends at Third and Market.
The parade will be followed by a celebration and information fair at Riverfront Park, and all parade participants and observers are invited.
Festivities will kick off around 11:30 a.m., as parade participants begin to arrive after their part in the parade has ended. Local band The Clams will perform at Live Oak Pavilion, and food trucks from Mission BBQ, P.T.’s Grille, Trolly Stop Grill & Catering and Sunset Slush of Wilmington will be serving up treats.
After the parade ends, the 208th Army Band will take center stage for a stirring set.
Groups and individuals who would like a chance to interact with and hand out materials to veterans and their families and supporters are invited to bring tables, displays and tents – no tent stakes, just weights!
To participate, please email Si Cantwell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendors and information dispensers are asked to arrive at 11 a.m. Nov. 6 to begin setting up.
Please consider bringing canned or dried food donations to the after-parade event Nov. 6 — there will be a box there to collect them for needy veterans.
The Riverfront Park event will go until around 2 p.m.
After the Riverfront Park event, the celebration continues at VFW Post 2573, 2722 Carolina Beach Road (the one with the airplane out front). Performers at the VFW fundraiser include Michael Patrick McDonald, The Flying Stronzos and the Ronnie Lynch No Fun Allowed Band, Kenny Reeves and friends, and Mystic River.
That celebration will go from 3 p.m. until, with food and drinks available. For more information on that event, call Commander Scott Wallace at 757-348-4699.