Thousands to Participate in Folsom’s Veterans Day Parade

Thousands of Folsom residents will honor and recognize the nation’s veterans at the 15th annual Wayne Spence Folsom Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, Nov. 11.   The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at the Target parking lot at 430 Blue Ravine Road and will include nearly 3,000 participants with marching bands, floats, classic cars, riders on horseback, color guards and more. 

Local dignitaries and veterans will judge the parade entries from a reviewing stand and award standout entries in a number of categories.  Immediately following the parade, a brief ceremony to honor local veterans will be held at the Veterans Memorial in Folsom City Lions Park. 

This year’s theme is “Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II.”   The parade will feature several grand marshals who are veterans of World War II. 

The 1.5 mile parade will commence at 430 Blue Ravine Road and will enter E. Bidwell Street from Montrose Drive.  The parade will travel westbound on E. Bidwell Street, northbound on Coloma Street, and will proceed to Natoma Street. The parade will conclude at the Folsom Community Center at 52 Natoma Street. 

The Folsom Police Department will coordinate a temporary closure of all lanes of traffic on E. Bidwell Street between Coloma Street and Blue Ravine Road from approximately 8 to 11 a.m.  Natoma Street from Coloma Street to Wales Drive will close from approximately 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.  Closures will be lifted immediately after the parade ends.  Detours around the parade will be marked.  Motorists are encouraged to take Riley and School streets as alternate routes.

The parade will be held rain or shine.  For more information contact Chuck Harrison at 351-3534 or charrison@folsom.ca.us