Petaluma Veterans Day Parade & Flyover
The little City of Petaluma supported a wonderful 2013 Veterans Day Parade complete with Flyovers from our friends the "Huey Vets" with their restored Huey Helicopter. The U.S. Coast Guard and 5 Warbirds participated as well.
Thank You to All Our Veterans and to those who helped or participated in creating a day of appreciation for our Veterans, especially the Two Rock Coast Guard.
THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT TO THE 2014 PARADE TO SUPPORT OUR VETERANS!
12:00 to 1:00 - Music playing in the Gazebo
1:00 - Parade begins
2:45 - In the Gazebo - Prayer, Pledge of Allegiance and Program
Petaluma Veterans Day Parade History
From 1967 to 1983, Julius Forcucci & 2 WWI buddies walked the parade together.
In 1983 one friend died & the other was ill, so Forcucci walked alone carrying an American Flag in 1984 and 1985.
In 1986, 50 veterans joined him and the annual parade began.
Julius Forcucci died Sept. 7, 1988 at age 94. During the 1988 Veterans Day Parade a riderless horse with it's stirrups tied to the saddle led the parade in honor of Forcucci.
Over the years the parade has grown. In the early 90's the parade reached 100 entries. The 2013 parade had over 200 entries with over 2,000 participants. The estimated crowd was over 40,000.
It is the largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.
Steve Kemmerle - American Legion Post 28 - Parade Coordinator
PO Box 618
Petaluma, CA 94953
The Petaluma Veterans Day Parade is always on the day of November 11th at 1:00PM
- For those participating in the parade, street monitors will be on hand to give out assigned numbers. Staging begins at 11:00 AM on 4th Street, from D Street south to I Street.
- 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM Music will play in the gazebo. Peter Lombardi will head up the sound system.
- Program after the parade, approximately 2:45 PM at the gazebo, a prayer by Herb Louden, Pearl Harbor Chaplin, Pledge of Allegiance, introduction of Speakers of the Day, Military Anthems.
- The National Anthem and God Bless America will be sung this year by Celestial City.
- Thanks to Friedman's, Camelbak, and all the donors of 2013, you make the parade possible.
Expected Parade Participant Highlights
- Grand Marshalls this year are three WWII Veterans born in Petaluma - Lichau, Grove, Castelluci.
- There will be Clydesdales in the parade pulling Gold Star parents Lombardi Harriott.
- The Marin Sheriff's Posey is joining the parade this year. They do search and rescue.
- A Huey Heliocopter will fly over the parade, Sheriff's & US Coast Guard Helicoptes.
- Nanchangs are scheduled to fly over the parade.
- Parade announcers are located at the Petaluma Museum, Putnum Plaza, and in front of the Hide Away Bar.
- The attached logo is created & printed by Mrs. Grossman's Sticker Factory. The company has donated these stickers for the past 9 years.
- A float with the Julius Forcucci family will be in the parage.
- The US Air Force Band of the West will perform.
- Go to the Sponsor Page to see our supporters
* ALL ENTRIES ARE TENTATIVE PENDING APPROVAL
The Petaluma Veterans Day Parade is the largest Veterans Day Parade north of the Golden Gate.