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The 8th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday April 20 from 10 till noon in Riverside. The parade honors veterans of all ages and from every era. KVCR’s Rick Dulock has more:
More than 300 entries will be featured this year including marching bands, equestrian units, color guards, military vehicles, floats and of course, veterans.
I spoke recently to Parade Director, Bill Densmore and asked him why April was chosen as the time of year for this event:
When we first started out we were an unknown commodity. We didn’t want to step on Veteran’s Day toes or Memorial Day toes. There’s always a lot of activities around the Inland Empire on those days, so we wanted to have a separate day that people could express their gratitude to veterans and we could have a fun parade without stepping on existing toes. It just seems to have stuck – it’s not in the heat of the summer – so that some of our older marchers can participate – it’s not in the more iffy weather in November. So the April Date has just worked out well…
I also asked Mr. Densmore if he expects a big crowd:
We do. Not only for the reason that there’s a lot more veterans in the area, but there are a lot of people who want to express their gratitude and their appreciation to the veterans and that’s what it’s all about. So, it’s always hard to tell, there’s always things going on in the I.E., but we do expect a big turnout. It’s gradually been growing every year we’ve had this parade – this being the 8th annual. We hope it’s the biggest of all!
The parade route begins at Magnolia Avenue and Ramona Drive in Riverside and proceeds to Market Street, right onto 10th, and right onto Main Street. It concludes at the Historic Riverside County Courthouse on Main.
Parking is free all day Saturday in the downtown area and in the RCC parking structure at Magnolia and Terracina.
For early risers, there is also a pre-parade breakfast planned by the cadets of the Civil Air Patrol. More information is online at: asalutetoveterans.com.