The parade has already happened, but you can GO HERE FOR A LIST FOR 2014
The 2012 Auburn Veterans Day Parade is Saturday, November 10th.
Here are a few quick tips shared by our readers and parade organizers last year!
Quick tip for those going: It looks like rain (which is typical when we go to watch the parade) and several families have thought to take a POP-UP tent as much of the parade route isn’t covered with business overhangs (especially if you are parking in the Transit Center). Just show up early and set it up for your family as I don’t think people would be so hip to one trying to set up after the parade has started. And try to be okay when nearby people try to squeeze under to keep dry during the event as well 😛
Keep in mind that this parade is a really big deal-even by parade standards. In fact, it’s the biggest Veterans Day Parade West of the Mississippi, featuring two hours of marching bands, military groups and vehicles. Here are some more tips I got last year from coordinator, Kristy.
First, you’ll want to park your car at the transit center. You should find plenty of room and it’s free and covered.
The best viewing spots are by the review stand, which will be in front of City Hall at 25 West Main Street. Kristy said some folks get there in the morning, leave some stuff and then head out to breakfast. She thinks you should still be able to score a decent spot if you arrive between 10-10:30. The parade itself starts at 11, so you’ll have to weigh getting a primo spot with waiting with wiggly kids. I’d suggest bringing some snacks or other diversions. Otherwise, you might just settle for another nearby curb seat.
Kristy recommends folding chairs or strollers. You may also want to bring ear protection, depending on how sensitive your kiddos are. Many of the participants are part of motorcycle groups. Kristy said kids seems to love watching them go by, but they can get noisy.
If you want to purchase food, there are vendors about a block away on A street.
There are a variety of other activities going on the same day. If you’d like to eat breakfast first, there is one available at the Senior Center from 7-9. For 6.00 you get pancakes, eggs, ham, and juice or coffee. You can buy tickets at the door. There is also a lunch event later in the day, but Kristy said it’s not really family friendly.
In addition, you can check out informational displays set up on A street or stick around for a marching band competition later in the day. You can get information about all those activities as well as a parade map and all kinds of other good info right here.
Btw, while the deadline has long passed for this year, area groups can participate in the parade (many more apply than get accepted), or in the curb competition (an easier bet). This might be something to think about next year for your Scout group or other organization. Most communities also do Santa parades, and if you act Really Fast, you can still get in on those.
Do you do this parade? If you’ve got great tips, please leave ’em!