Gulf Coast Veteran’s Day parade set to return this year

The parade is happening in Biloxi on Nov. 6, 2021.
The Gulf Coast Veteran's Day Parade committee members are busy finalizing plans for this year’s celebration.
Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 4:02 PM CDT
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BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - Plans are underway in South Mississippi to honor the men and women who have proudly served our country.

The Gulf Coast Veteran’s Day Parade committee members are busy finalizing plans for this year’s celebration after having to change things last year due to coronavirus.

“I think it’s time we get back out there and make sure our veterans know we appreciate them,” said committee member Jerry Taranto.

For two decades, the Gulf Coast Veteran’s Day Parade has honored those in uniform who have protected our country. The parade, which is hosted in a different South Mississippi city each year, will be held in Biloxi this year, beginning at Biloxi Civic Center and ending at City Hall.

“We’ve got probably three-quarters of what we would expect to have in a given year,” said committee member Col. Cliff Canoy. “We have a combination of rolling stock and marching unit, members of JROTC units, and we have six or seven, one from Jackson, one from Pearl River.”

Both Canoy and Taranto said it’s their job to keep the tradition alive in order to honor and pay tribute to veterans.

“Twenty-one years the Gulf Coast Veterans Parade has been in existence and that is why I’m even more excited because we’re continuing that tradition,” Taranto said. “No matter what, our veterans should be recognized and we want to thank them. It’s a celebration and we want everyone out here to be about the celebration.”

The Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for November 6 at 11 a.m. To see a map of the parade route click here.

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