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American Legion Post 46

Carteret County Veterans Council
Presents

23rd Annual Carteret County Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, November 9, 2019

On behalf of the Carteret County Veterans Council and the over 8,000 veterans of Carteret County, the public is invited to participate in the 2019 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade. The parade will be held in Morehead City on November 9, 2019, starting at 11:00 AM. The parade will start at 17th Street and proceed down Arendell Street in the east-bound lane to 5th Street. The Reviewing Stand will be located between 10th Street and 11th Street at the Train Depot.

General Information

This parade was established to allow Veterans, Veterans Service Organizations, individuals, and any other group/organization the opportunity to remember and to honor our nation’s Veterans who have proudly served this country. This parade has grown from only a handful of participants to over 2,000 participants honoring our Veterans and is the largest Veterans Day Parade in North Carolina. If you are not participating and would like to see this great parade, please come to downtown Morehead City on Saturday, November 9th to join us in this time-honored event. If you are a participant, please remember that the parade is about honoring Veterans and not about advertising or politics. Participants please see the information below.

All entrants are expected to decorate their vehicles/floats appropriately. Political groups and candidates may participate, however, you may not advertise for any political candidate (or yourself); if you do, you will be diverted out of the parade by the parade officials. 

Timeline for Staging

The parade will start at 11:00 AM. Arriving early will ensure ease of access to your position and help reduce last-minute traffic congestion. Volunteers will start placing parade position markers at 7 am and expect to have all in place by 8:30 am. Volunteers will be on-site by 8:30 AM to pass out paper plates with parade position numbers and to help you find your position.

Participant Drop-Off Instructions

If you are dropping off participant(s), do not drive into the staging area. The right lane of east-bound traffic will be marked by orange cones for drop off area between 16th and 18th Street. Pull into the area to discharge participants and then move on. This is not a waiting or parking area; it is for drop off only.

Driving to your position

Each position will be marked with a number on a white card on a wooden stake on the side of each street. Volunteers will be on each street (Arendell, 17th, Shackleford, Shepard, & Evans) to pass out the paper plate with your position number. The number on the paper plate will match your parade position number and the number on the stake at the side of the road where each group is to assemble. Law Enforcement Officers and volunteers will be positioned on each street to provide directions to starting positions.

To drive to your starting position, please follow the directions below:

For positions on Evans Street

Turn South off of Arendell St. at 14th St. or 13th St. Turn Right on Evans St. and proceed to your position.

For positions on Shepard Street

Turn South off of Arendell St. at 14th St. or 13th St. Turn Right on Shepard St. and proceed to your position.

For positions on Shackleford Street

Turn South off of Arendell St. at 14th St. or 13th St. Turn Right on Shackleford St. and proceed to your position.

For positions on 17th Street

Turn South off of Arendell St. at 14th St. or 13th St. Turn Right on Shackleford St, Turn Right on 17th and proceed to your position.

For positions on Arendell Street

Approach from West of 24th St. in the East-Bound lane of Arendell St. Your position will be in the median next to the RR Tracks facing East.

For positions at or behind St. Egbert’s Church

Turn South off of Arendell St. at 18th St. and proceed to your position.

For positions in front of the Salvation Army in the parking lot

Enter the parking lot from 18th St. and move to your position (facing East). Stakes with numbers are not available for these positions.

For positions on 17th Street beside the Salvation Army Building

Approach from Bridges St. Your position will be on your right (facing South). Stakes with numbers are not available for these positions.

Parking

Parking in the parade line-up area is extremely limited. Please plan to drop off walkers outside of this area and have them walk to their position. If you plan to leave a vehicle in the area during the parade, there is limited parking behind St. Egbert’s and at Shevans Park. All of Shackleford, Shepard, and Evans between 18th St. and 13th St. is reserved for the parade line up. Please be courteous and do not park personal vehicles that will not be in the parade in this area. If you park on a side street, please do not block personal drives or park in areas designated for parade participants only (by numbered markers).

General Traffic Flow

The parade starting point is at the corner of Arendell St. and 17th St. and the parade progresses east bound on Arendell St. to 5th St.

All parade staging positions on 17th St. face North towards Arendell St.

All parade staging positions on Shackleford St. with numbers 31-39 face East towards 17th St.

All parade staging positions on Shackleford St. with numbers 79-108 face West towards 17th St.

All parade staging positions on Shepard St. face West towards 17th St.

All parade staging positions on Evans St. face West towards 17th St.

All parade positions on Arendell St. will park in the East-Bound side of the median next to the RR Tracks and face East towards 17th St.

17th Street positions will proceed first, left side (including #s 31-39 on Shackleford St.) and then right side.  Shackleford (all remaining) will proceed next.  Shepard St. North side will follow the last position from Shackleford St. followed by the South side of Shepard St. Evans will proceed next, starting with the North side of Evans and then the South side of Evans St. The large vehicles or groups positioned at Shelby’s, Salvation Army, St. Egberts, and on Arendell St. will be inserted into the parade by their position number as directed by the Parade Starter.

Law Enforcement Officers and Volunteers will be on-site on Arendell St., Evans St., Shepard St., and Shackleford St.

Driver/Participant Instructions

The parade progression will be toward the parade starting point at the corner of 17th St. & Arendell St. As you approach this position, ensure your parade position number is clearly visible to the Parade Starter.  Participants are to stop and wait for the Parade Starter to motion for you to proceed East on Arendell St.  Do not allow a large gap between you and the vehicle or group in front of you. If you are driving a vehicle, be extremely vigilant of children running into the street to retrieve the candy. You are responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle and the safety of the spectators near your vehicle!  If you are walking with animals, they must be on a leash and you must clean any messes left by the animal.

As you approach the Reviewing Stand, hold up your position number (paper plate) so the announcer (to your front and right) can see the number. Do not stop in front of the Reviewing Stand. The end of the parade is at 5th St.

Throwing candy is discouraged as it creates an unsafe condition for children in the vicinity of moving vehicles.

Restrooms

Restrooms are available at St. Egbert’s, Shevans Park, and at Shelby’s (staging area for WWII and Korean War Veterans).  Portable restrooms will be available in the parking lot behind St. Egbert’s and the parking lot in front of the Salvation Army (old location).

THANK YOU FOR HONORING OUR VETERANS AND HELPING MAKE THIS A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL!

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