Branson’s 88th Annual Veterans Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday in downtown Branson.
Branson Veterans of America 913 Public Relations Director Bob Sarver said the parade will be a bit smaller this year due to COVID-19; there are 54 entries compared to recent years when there were more than 100.
“This is a time to come out and pay respect to the veterans, past and present,” Sarver said. “It’s a great day. Come out and enjoy the bands. These kids in these high school bands are really putting on a show to make everybody feel good.”
Retired U.S. Army Col. John Manning will serve as Grand Marshal.
The parade will follow the same route as it has for eight years, beginning and ending on the Hilton Branson Convention Center parking lot.
The intersections of College and Sycamore streets and of Veterans Boulevard and Long Street will be closed at 8 a.m., Sarver said.
Downtown Commercial Street will close at midnight, Sarver said, and there will be no parking in downtown until after the parade. Branson Landing Boulevard will shut down at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday and will reopen after all parade entries have returned to the convention center parking lot.
Groups and floats will begin lining up at 8:30 a.m.
At about 10:59 a.m., Taps will be played and a helicopter will do a flyover, Sarver said.
“I encourage people to come and take a look at this great parade and wave to these veterans that are in the parade to show appreciation for what they did for our country,” Sarver said.
The parade is organized by Branson Veterans of American.