Veterans Day Parade and Festival in Houghton Park

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veterans day parade in houghton parkLong Beach will celebrate Veterans Day on Saturday, November 6, with a trio of events in Houghton Park:

  • the 14th Annual Long Beach Veterans Day Parade
  • followed by The Freedom Walk
  • and the Veterans Day Festival with Craft and Vendors Fair

The Veterans Day Parade will head south down Atlantic Avenue at 10:00 a.m., led by 2010 Grand Marshals Clarence Bramley and “Rosie the Riveter.” Bramly is a World War II Veteran and Survivor of Bataan Death March. Rosies, many of whom lived in Long Beach and worked at local manufacturing plants, are being honored this year as a patriotic symbol and inspiring icon for women during World War II.

The popular parade, featuring military vehicles, ROTC groups, equestrians, drill teams and marching bands continues down Atlantic Avenue from Harding Street to 56th, where it makes a U turn and return again to the step off point at Houghton Park.

“The celebration is three events in one, “ said event coordinator Martha Thuente. “We start with the parade at 10 a.m., followed by the Annual Freedom Walk in Support of our Troops, and conclude the day’s activity with a Vendor Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. at Houghton Park,” she said.

At the conclusion of the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade, members of the public are invited to follow the veterans along their route in the third annual “Freedom Walk in Support of Our Troops.”

After the parade and march, at approximately noon, a ceremony at the site of the Long Beach Vietnam Veterans Memorial (corner of Harding and Atlantic) will honor veterans from all eras and all branches of the Armed Forces. The ceremony includes special recognition of veterans and a patriotic concert by the Long Beach Jr. Concert Band.

The public can stay to enjoy festivities at the Craft and Vendors Fair in Houghton Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Veterans Day Festival will feature:

  • Unique Gifts for Sale
  • Delicious Food
  • Valuable Information
  • Give-Aways

Again this year, Paramount Petroleum Corporation is a major sponsor of the Veterans Day Celebration, along with the Port of Long Beach, Wal-Mart, Farmers and Merchants Bank and others. More information about sponsoring the event and participating as a vendor can be found on the Veterans Parade website (see link below) or by calling (562) 422-6669.

Admission for the Long Beach Veterans Day Parade and Festival is free. Parking for the events is available on the residential side streets east and west of Atlantic Avenue, between Artesia and Market Streets.

For information on how to become involved, go the committee’s website,

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