Rain or shine, the 39th annual Ross-Hollywood Veterans Day parade will bring marching bands, youth groups and military veterans into the heart of the business district starting at 9:45 a.m. November 11.
A new event, the Hollywood Veterans Mile Race, will begin shortly before the marchers step out toward Sandy Boulevard. Participants may run in honor of a veteran.
The parade will start at Northeast 40th Avenue and Hancock Street, moving south on 40th Avenue and east on Sandy Boulevard to 48th Avenue, where a memorial flag raising is planned.
“We support bringing the USO to Portland and hope the involvement in the parade helps build community awareness,” McKenzie-Tucker said. “We’re also thrilled to see new activities bring created around the parade ― all to honor America’s veterans.”
Runners may register for the street race at uberthons.com/veteransmile. They may check in at the Northeast Community Center, 1630 N.E. 38th Ave., at 8:30 a.m. November 11, then follow the parade route at 9:30 a.m.
After the parade, veterans and their families may attend a complimentary USO-style show and lunch at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Local businesses are donating food for the lunch and U.S. Bank will defray other costs.
For the fourth year, Portland entertainer Tony Starlight will perform music from the 1940s plus patriotic tunes. Joining Starlight will be Bo Ayars and the All Star Horns, a seven-piece band, and the Signatures, a women’s quartet.
Last year, 1,100 people participated in the parade, which typically includes marching bands, military service organizations, Scout groups and school organizations. Registration to join the march is at veteransdaypdx.org .