Float sponsors sought for veterans parade

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The Fredericksburg Veterans Day Parade will mark the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I on Sunday, Nov. 11. 

The parade is sponsored by the Veterans Council, Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg.

While traditional parades feature floats and displays that emphasize the businesses, public figures and organizations that sponsor them, the Fredericksburg Veterans Day Parade will be comprised of floats, with veterans as the floats’ themes, with their sponsors identified with 18 inch by 24 inch signs on the towing vehicles.

This approach has been embraced by local organizations and businesses, including Sutherlands, Woolsacks, Morning Rotary, Noon Rotary and Nimitz Rotary Clubs, Fredericksburg Tea Party, Zonta Club, Fredericksburg First Responders, Hondo’s on Main, Alamo Hospice, Hill Country Refrigeration and Gillespie County Democratic Association.

While many Gillespie County veterans have elected to participate in the parade, there is a need for more local sponsors to provide floats for veterans to ride on.

Sponsors are asked to provide their own float, truck and trailer, which must be able to make the U-turn on Main Street at Washington Street in one sweep. 

Patriotic decorations must adorn each float and hand flags should be provided for all veterans aboard the floats. 

Banner signs on each side of the trailer are requested to identify their veterans by group name or wartime era.

The only signage allowed on each side of the truck is an 18 inch by 24 inch sign that displays the float’s sponsorship. 

Sponsors are asked to accommodate at least 26 veterans (float, truck bed, inside truck cab). 

As veterans RSVP, they will be assigned to the appropriate float. 

All floats should begin to line up on Nimitz Parkway behind the courthouse at noon on Sunday, Nov. 11. The parade begins at 2 p.m.   

More information is available by contacting Tami King, Gillespie County Veterans Service Officer, at (830) 997-3758 or email tking@gillespiecounty.org.  

More information is also available by looking up Gillespie County, Texas Veterans Service Office on Facebook.