In 1963, a small group of patriotic volunteers formed a nonprofit organization to host an annual Indianapolis Veterans Day Parade. Our mission is simple: To honor all veterans. To educate and inspire community awareness while paying tribute to the service and sacrifices all veterans have endured in the pursuit of freedom.

In the past 46 years, our parade has grown thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers and the generous financial support of the local business and veteran communities.

Our goal is to rekindle a great tradition where veterans are enthusiastically cheered as they walk down Meridian Street. For that reason, and because we encourage the participation by all veterans, including those who are not members of a formal organization, veterans come from all over central Indiana to participate in the parade.

In addition to presenting the parade, our Council works diligently to educate children of all ages on the sacrifices our military veterans have made. We encourage kids to particpate in or attend the parade as a way of saying thank you to our veterans.

More than 80 units march in this annual parade, which begins at Michigan and Pennsylvania Streets, moves south on Pennsylvania to New York Street, west to Meridian Street and finishes at North Street

The Indianapolis Veterans Day Parade is entirely funded through donations from local business, veterans organizations and individual contributors. The Veterans Day Council of Indianapolis, Inc. does not receive funding through any government agency and we do NOT charge veterans to participate. We are an IRS approved 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

Parade Invitation Letter

Parade Guidelines

Parade Participant Registration Form

The Parade Route

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Parade Sponsor: Flanner and Buchanan
Contact Information:
Pat Van Doren
Phone: (317) 507-0171