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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. How do I become a Parade Participant?

A. There is no entry fee to become a parade participant. You will need to register.


Q. Where is the start of the Parade, How long is the Parade?

A. Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street south of Ralph McGill/Ivan Allen Blvd. The parade will proceed south on Peachtree Street, turn right on Baker

Street towards Centennial Olympic Park, cross COPD towards CNN Center and Phillips Arena and will pass the World of Coke and Georgia

Aquarium turning left on Marietta Street. The reviewing Stand will be on Baker Street between the World of Coke and Georgia Aquarium. The Parade Route is less than 1 mile from start at the assembly area.


Q. How do I park at the start of the Parade and get back?

A. For Parade Participants, please consider dropping off at the beginning (or assembly area) and driving to the end of the Parade Route to park

(see Parade Route Map). Then, it is only the driver that has to get back up to the assembly area. Parade entries using buses and groups that have to

unload at the beginning then go to COPD in front of Philips Arena to park the vehicle and have it there for the people/vehicles in the parade when they

are finished.


Q. How do I get to the Parade Reviewing stand and where can I park?

A. Parking—Spectator parking in the reviewing area is available at the nearby World of Coca-Cola, CNN/Philips Arena, Hilton Garden Inn, Georgia

Aquarium and many public parking lots in the area.


Q. What Marta Stations can spectators utilize to see the Parade?

A. Peachtree Center Station, Five Points Station, World Congress Center Station


Q. The best MARTA Station for Parade participants and marshals to utilize to check in for the parade?

A. Civic Center Station


Q. When did Veterans Day start?

A. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first Veterans Day proclamation calling on the U.S. to honor the Veterans of all it wars.


Q. Why is Veterans Day on November 11?

A. November 11th is the date on which the Allied Powers signed the cease-fire agreement with Germany ending World War I.


Q. Why does the parade start at 11:11 a.m.?

A. The cease-fire agreement was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, after four years of war.


Q. Who operates the parade?

A. Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. (GVDPA) a 501 (c) nonprofit organization, produces all events. Volunteers from Veterans groups, active duty military and civic minded community members fulfill all tasks. This year's parade is the 31st annual Veterans Day Parade in Atlanta.

About 13 years ago the organization began hosting a Grand Ball on the evening of the Parade. The Freedom Ball will be on same Saturday night of the Veterans Day Parade at 1800 hours at the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium.


Q. Who pays for the parade?

A. Many individuals and organizations sponsor the parade. Sponsorship opportunities include floats, parade entries, purchasing banquet tickets, donating

prizes, placing ads in the Parade program and making direct financial contributions. Marching in the parade does not require a fee although entrants

often choose to make a donation as well.


Q. How can my company sponsor?

A. GVDPA welcomes organizations at all levels to partner with us through sponsoring the Veterans Day Parade events. For more information, please

contact Cecilia Miller, at cecilia.miller@comcast.net or (404) 518-3551.


Q. How may I secure hotel accommodations in conjunction with the event?

A. We have a limited room block at the DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Downtown for for a rate of $129 per night (Friday, Nov. 8 & Saturday, Nov. 9). For reservations, please call their toll free reservation number at 855-610-8733 and reference the Veterans Day Parade room block. Reservations must be made no later than October 17, 2013.


Q. Is this event open to media? How do I make arrangements to cover the event?

A. Please contact the Media Relations or GVDPAA president for details kevin.l.miller@comcast.net.


Q. How can I find additional information about the Atlanta Veterans Day Parade and Freedom Ball?

A. Please send e-mail at info@gavetsdayparade.org.


Q. Who are past Grand Marshals of the parade?

A. (2012) Tim Abell, Actor, Celebrity, Producer and Army veteran; (2011) Ross McCall and Jimmy Madio, Actors also serving on WWII Foundation; (2010) R. Lee Ermey "Gunny", Actor, Celebrity and Vietnam veteran; (2009) BG Joseph S. Stringham; (2008) MG William T. Nesbitt; (2007) LG Russel L. Honore; (2006) Joe Galloway, Author and Journalist; (2005) LG R. Whitcomb; (2004) General Hal Moore; (2003) Governor Sonny Purdue; (2002) Kim Peterson, Talk Show host; (2001) Congressman Bob Barr.


Q. How long does the the Veterans Day Parade last?

A. The Parade lasts 1-1/2 hours.