This year there were 72 units in the Parade (8 more than the previous record), more than 2600 participants (more than previous years), more Scouting Units, more Krewe Floats, more Veterans Groups, more JROTC, more Shriners, more Corporate Floats, and more people lining the streets than in previous years. For this I would like to Thank all of you respectful and polite Parade Participants!
So I, Terry Fortino, should be very happy this morning. I am extremely happy that we had over 2600 excellently behaved participants in the #TampaBayVeteransDayParade and I am extremely happy they put on an excellent Parade for the people lining the street. For this I am Thankful.
To the OVER 2600 OUTSTANDING PARADE PARTICIPANTS I SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE 2014 #TampaBayVeteransDayParade you made this one of the best Parades ever. We look forward to seeing you Saturday November 7, 2015 for the 22nd #TampaBayVeteransDayParade.
Honoring Those Who Served
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Veterans Day Parade Group, Inc.
The #TampaBayVeteransDayParade thanks you for your 239 years of protecting this Country, Semper Fidelis!
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TOWN 'N COUNTRY - About 70 units will line up Saturday to honor and remember the country's military veterans. The Tampa Bay Veterans Day Parade, now in its 21st year, will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Hanley starting at Barry Road on the north and travels south ending at Paula Drive.
This year, the parade will honor U.S. Navy (Retd) Petty Officer Artricia James-Heard. Petty Officer Heard is a 2nd generation Navy Sea Woman. Col. Daniel H Tulley, commander of the 6th Air Mobility Wing MacDill Air Force Base, is the grand marshal.
The lineup features marching bands, JROTC units, the Shriners, Pirates galore, and a great time to be had by all.
Since its start in 1994 the Tampa Bay Veterans Day Parade has become one of the largest Veterans Day Parades in Florida. Over 60 marching and rolling units participate annually as we Salute Our Service Men and Women. The 2013 crowd estimated at over 25,000 parade goers continues to increase every year.
Current Friends of the Parade from the public and private sectors include The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners Hagen, Murman, Higginbotham, and Beckner. Our Grand Marshal is the MacDill AFB 6th Air Mobility Wing /CCS Commander Colonel Daniel Tulley. Our corporate Friends include Ambassador Limousine, Caspers Corporation McDonalds, Coca-Cola Tampa, Keiser University, Minuteman Press of Town N Country, Publix, RAB Foundation Repair, Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, Tampa Bay Storm, TECO Energy, The New York Yankees Foundation, The Tampa Tribune, USAA,Wounded Warrior Project, many more and You Can Add Your Name here. Show your Support for Our Veterans by becoming a Friend of the Parade.
Come early the roads close at 8:30am on Saturday November 8, 2014 for the 21st #TampaBayVeteransDayParade.
The Roads Close At 8:30
Happy TuesdayBefore the Parade
What Can You Do To Help?
For those of you that do not know me, I am Terry Fortino, volunteer Network Administrator for the #TampaBayVeteransDayParade. I have been a parade volunteer since 2009. And yes I am the guy, who positions your unit into it's Parade Slot. A nine member volunteer committee working year round to find sponsors, bands, floats, JROTC Companies, and assorted marching units for the Parade produces the Parade. When we need extra help is on Parade day from 7:30 until the end of the Parade.
That brings me to the answer to the question, What Can You Do To Help?