Celebrating both Veterans Day and Louisiana’s Bicentennial, a military parade will make its way through the streets of the French Quarter and CBD on Saturday.
The Bicentennial Parade is designed to honor the past 200 years of Louisianians from all branches of the military, with more than 1,200 participants including veterans, active duty military and reserves.
The parade begins at 3 p.m. Click here for the route.
In addition to numerous military units, and appearances by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, a highlight of the parade will be the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps from Washington, D.C. The Fife and Drum Corps, which performs in vintage Revolutionary War uniforms, is world-renowned and has played at every presidential inauguration since President John F. Kennedy’s in 1961.
The parade starts at the corner of Elysian Fields and N. Peters. The parade will turn right on Esplanade, then left on Decatur, rolling through the French Quarter on Decatur until reaching Julia Street. It then turns right, following Julia to St. Charles, where it turns left, rounding Lee Circle, and continues down Andrew Higgins before ending at Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans Police say Elysian Fields will be closed from St. Claude Avenue to the Mississippi River from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. for the formation of the parade. Police Officers will be posted at the intersections. No parking signs will be posted along Decatur Street.