Baton Rouge to host the Capital Region Veteran’s Parade

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NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Members of the U.S. Army march in the nation’s largest Veterans Day Parade in New York City on November 11, 2016 in New York City. Known as ‘America’s Parade’ it features over 20,000 participants, including veterans of numerous eras, military units, businesses and high school bands and civic and youth groups. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The City of Baton Rouge will host the Capital Region Veteran’s Parade downtown on November 16.

The parade will honor the service, sacrifices and selflessness of U.S. veterans.

The parade, sponsored by the Mayor-President’s Advisory Council on Veteran’s Affairs, will begin on River Road in front of the Pentagon Barracks and end at the USS Kidd.

The city will honor three 100-year-old World War II veterans: Warrant Officer Johnnie A. Jones, Sr.; Corporal Leon Dixon, Sr.; and Private First-Class Lawrence Brooks, the oldest World War II veteran in the country.

“It’s important to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifices,” Mayor Sharon Weston-Broome said. “This parade is an excellent opportunity to show our support.”

Speakers at the parade will include Weston-Broome and General Russell Honoré.

There will be live music by Jonathan Boogie Long, food vendors and cold beverages.

Entertainment will begin at 11:00 a.m. on the River Plaza Stage adjacent to the USS Kidd Museum. The parade will begin at 12:00 p.m., and people of all ages are welcome to attend.

If interested in being a part of the parade, contact Yolanda Robertson at yrobertson76@gmail.com.

If interested in being a food vendor or setting up a table, contact Heather Day at events@theredcake.com. All other inquiries can be directed to that email address.

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