Veterans Coalition of the Crystal Coast Presents:

Carteret County Veterans Day Parade
Saturday, November 6, 2021.

COVID-19 Disclaimer. Due to the uncertainty of federal, state, and local restrictions, we are planning to go forward with the planning of the 2021 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade with options that might need to be implemented. If all restrictions are lifted, we will be ready to honor our nation’s Veterans with as big a parade as possible. If restrictions are still in place but allow for outdoor functions of this size, we will be ready. If restrictions are in place that prevent such large events, we will be able to down-size to whatever level authorized and provide some sort of recognition for Veterans on this important day. Thank you for your support and understanding.

On behalf of the Veterans Coalition of the Crystal Coast and the over 8,000 veterans of Carteret County, the public is invited to participate in the 2021 Carteret County Veterans Day Parade. The parade will be held in Morehead City on November 6, 2021, 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. 

This year’s Grand Marshals will be (TBD)

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 6th 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.

 Veterans wishing to be a part of this event and would like to join with veterans of a particular era need not complete an entry form, you only have to show up at one of the following locations below on the day of the parade. Please arrive by 10 am. Golf carts and other vehicles will be available for those who wish to ride.

World War II & Korean Veterans assemble at Shelby’s at the corner of Arendell and 14th St.

Vietnam, to current Global War on Terror assemble in the parking lot at the corner of Arendell and 17th St.

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 – name and office on vehicle is permitted on vehicle of office holder).  

Participant Registration

If you have any questions, please call 252-499-0146. Please note that the cut-off for processing entry forms is midnight October 29th, 2021.  Parade line up positions will be posted on this page on November 1st by noon. If you do not have access to the internet, you may call 252-499-0146 between 9 am and 6 pm M-F to request your parade position number. Please follow the directions below for dropping off participants near the staging area and for arriving at and driving in the staging area.

Participant Details


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. Parade position markers should all be in place by 8 am the day of the parade. Volunteer will be on-site by 8:30 AM, to direct traffic into and around the staging area, 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 on Arendell St. will be marked by orange cones for drop off area between 15th 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. DO NOT DRIVE INTO THE PRADE STAGING AREA TO DROP OFF PARTICIPANTS! The Staging Area is on Evans St., Shepard St., and Shackleford St., between 15th St. and 18th St.

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 between 17th St. and 18th St.

Turn South off of Arendell St. at 18th St., turn Left on Evans St. and proceed to your position.

For positions on Evans Street between 17th St. and 14th St.

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 St. Egbert’s Church, west side parking lot

Turn South off of Arendell St. at 18th St. and proceed to your position or, if you entry is trailered, off-load and park in the reserved area on the southwest corner of the church property and drive entry vehicle to assigned location at the northwest corner of the church property.

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

Enter the parking lot from 18th St. and move to your position (park facing East). 

For positions on 17th Street beside the Salvation Army Building

Approach from Bridges St. Your position will be on your right (park facing South). 

For positions on 14th Street and in Shelby’s parking lot

Approach from Bridges St., turn south on 14th St. and proceed to your position (park facing South

Parking

Parking in the parade line-up area is extremely limited. Please plan to drop off participants 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 14th 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 79-1xx face West towards 17th St.

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

All parade staging positions on Evans St. between 17th and 18th St. face East towards 17th St.

All parade staging positions on Evans St. between 17th and 14th 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.

All parade positions at the old Salvation Army parking lot face East towards 17th St. The exceptions are those positions on 17th St. between Arendell and Bridges that will face South towards Arendell.

All parade positions at Shelby’s will move to 17th St. via Arendell St. West-bound lane once traffic is stopped by law enforcement officers.

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. Ensure that your parade position number is visible at the front or in/on the windshield of your vehicle (or other location that can be seen by parade officials.).

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/Portable Restrooms will be available at St. Egbert’s, St. Egbert’s School Parking Lot, Salvation Army (old location) parking lot, Shevans Park, Shelby’s (staging area for WWII and Korean War Veterans), and at the reviewing stand area. 

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


Directions for completing parade entry form:

1.    Name of Group. Ensure the name you use for your organization is the correct name (e.g., if the official name is NC Cool Cars Club, do not write in Cool Cars of NC. When others try to find you in a long list of participants, they will be looking in the wrong place.). 

2.    Designator of Group. Include chapter, post, squadron, pack, or troop, etc. as appropriate.

3.    City/Town of your Group. Without this some groups may be confused (e.g., Knights of Columbus).

4.    Description of entry. When providing a description of vehicles, provide length, height, and width for anything other than a standard sedan/pickup truck/van. Staging space is congested, and many streets have overhead obstacles. By providing as many details as possible on space required for your entry, parade officials can ensure adequate space for your group and vehicles.

Be descriptive as possible (e.g., pickup truck with 15’ float, 5 people on float, 10 walkers)

If unsure of total number of participants or vehicles in group, provide the maximum number you expect to participate. If you state 1 car, you cannot decide later to place 2 cars in the parade. There will not be space for the second car in the staging area.

If you have veterans riding/walking with your group and would like to recognize them, provide a short introduction in the announcer notes section.

If you have a singer or music as part of your float, please check the box so indicating. We want to place distance between you and others that have music so that you will not interfere with each other.

For large animals (harnessed or ridden), the parade staging coordinator will call you (please ensure POC information is correct) to work out the best staging area based upon the size/number of animals. We want to keep the animals and people in the staging area safe.

We encourage all participating organizations/groups to donate $25 (or any amount that you can afford). Donation is not required to participate. Your donation will help offset some of the cost the Carteret County Veteran’s Council incurs each year in organizing the parade. All donations are made through the American Legion Post 46 and are tax exempt.

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