3rd Annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade and Festival
Philadelphia Honored Area Veterans on November 5, 2017
The Philadelphia Veterans Parade held the annual Parade honoring the sacrifices of our Veterans in the tri-state region, on Sunday, November 5th. The parade kicked off at 12:30 pm from JFK Blvd and North 16th Street. The parade route continued around City Hall, heading east on Market Street and ended at North 5th Street for the Veterans Festival.
This year’s notable attendees included The United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs, David Shulkin, Grand Marshal, Colonel Joe Marm, the only living Medal of Honor recipient from Pennsylvania, and last year’s Grand Marshal, Tuskegee Airman Gene Richardson. Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressman Bob Brady, Congressman Dwight Evans and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke were also in attendance, along with several elected officials showing support for area veterans.
With more than 150 organizations involving over 3,000 participants including 34 Veteran Service Organizations, the Third Annual Philadelphia Veteran Parade was a celebration to remember. The Veterans Festival featured live entertainment from Modzilla, TC Riot Band and Savior Soul, Midnight to Minutes, a beer garden featuring local craft breweries along with food trucks Phyllodelphia, Say Cheese!, El Guaco Loco and Happy Hour Food Cart which offered pay-as-you go tasty bites and suds. Family friendly activities included large screen TVs broadcasting the Eagles game, a rock-climbing wall, face painting, balloon artists and more.
“It’s was an honor to work with this community to bring this event to the City of Philadelphia for the third year with Comcast once again being the presenting sponsor,” says Anthony Murphy, President of Philadelphia Veterans Parade.
Presenting sponsors for the Philadelphia Veterans Parade included Comcast, PECO, KPMG Veterans Network, Wells Fargo, Hands from the Heart Home Healthcare Services, Council for Relationships and VFW Post 5205.