2017 Veterans Day Parade in NYC

SUNY Empire State College will participate in “America’s Parade,” held annually in New York City on Veterans’ Day, Nov. 11.  All members of the college community and their families are invited to participate in this inspirational event. ‌The parade begins at 11:15 a.m., following the opening ceremony, rain or shine. There is no cost to participate and everyone who registers by Oct. 28, will receive a SUNY Empire hat designed especially for this occasion. (To register, complete the form on this page.)

Arrival and Assembly Information for SUNY Empire State College

  • Point of Contact (POC): Anita Brown
  • POC Email: anita.brown@esc.edu
  • Staging Area: E 28th Street (Madison Ave. to Park Ave.)
  • Access Point: 28th Street at Park Ave.
  • Assembly Meeting Time: between 11:30 a.m. and noon

About the Parade

The sole purpose of America’s Parade is to honor the service of our veterans and to salute our currently serving military. It is a non-partisan, non-political event.

This year’s Parade marks the centennial of America’s entry into the First World War (1917 ~ 2017). The U.S. Air Force is this year’s featured service. This year’s Grand Marshal is Buzz Aldrin.


Participants will meet in the assembly area next to and north of Madison Square Park on the morning of the parade (see arrival and assembly details above). The route heads north on Fifth Ave., from 26th Street to 52nd Street, and is 1.2 miles long, a 30- 35-minute walk. The march passes NYC landmarks including the Empire State Building, 42nd Street, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The reviewing stand is located on 41st Street, in front of the New York Public Library. Announcers will recognize each contingent. 

Transportation and lodging will not be provided.

For all questions prior to Nov. 11, the college contact is Susan Bruce, Office of Veteran and Military Education, 518-587-2100, ext. 2748, or susan.bruce@esc.edu.

For more information about the parade, visit americasparade.org

hat and scarf

Receive a SUNY hat when you register to participate in the parade (while supplies last).