Four years ago, a group of committed citizens in the Lakeview Area realized that the City of New Orleans--the city of Mardi Gras Parades, second lines, and festivals for almost every occasion--did not have a parade to honor the men and women whose sacrifice made our celebrations possible. Still in recovery from Hurricane Katrina, these citizens nonetheless decided to stage a parade on the Saturday before Veterans' Day in 2015.
Despite the threat of inclement weather, appreciative citizens lined Harrison Avenue and saluted our veterans as they and a host of Scouts, re-enactors, and even the Victory Belles from the National World War II Museum marched down the street. The next year saw glorious weather and double the number of people.
Now, the Lakeview Veterans Day Parade is here to stay, and we are looking forward to the best parade yet. So if you have worn or continue to wear the uniform of our Armed Forces, please come and join us as we honor you.
And if you are a civilian, grab your lawn chair and come and watch our veterans march by and thank them for the gifts of freedom we all enjoy today.