3rd Annual Philadelphia Veterans Parade - November 5, 2017
We are preparing applications to participate in the 2017 Philadelphia Veterans Parade, which will be held on Nov. 5, 2017. We will be communicating how to sign up in the next few weeks. Please apply early to ensure we have your complete information and enough time to communicate with your organization to meet your needs.
The PVP Inc Board of Directors completed a “lessons learned” review late last year and will be incorporating changes to make the parade process more effective. Those changes will be rolled out over time as the Board builds a new team of volunteers to fill key roles.
The parade and related Veterans Festival was a great success last year. More than 150 groups participated involving over 3000 participants and 34 Veteran Service Organizations participated in the Festival held between 4th and 5th Street on Market.
Nearly 150,000 viewers watched the parade on television, despite competition from the Eagles-Giants football game. With coverage on 40 media outlets, the parade had about 2 million views. Our media partner, Channel 6 ABC, and Fox News had nearly 250,000 viewers the day of the parade alone.
Estimates were that about 8,00-10,000 viewed the parade in person and attended the festival afterwards. Some of the activity can be viewed on this web site in the impressive array of photos and videos, including the complete nearly three-hour parade.
Notwithstanding the City of Philadelphia’s significant contribution of police and municipal services, PVP raised nearly $50,000 in funds from our sponsors, led by Comcast, which covered the cost of the parade and festival. Obviously, this will be a big priority for our planning this year. We are grateful to Council President Darryl Clarke, Congressman Bob Brady, Mayor James Kenney, the Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission and the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for their support.
In short, the parade, now in its third year, continues to grow and improve and we hope you will join us this year.