Up to 20,000 spectators are expected in downtown on Friday, Nov. 11th 2022 for the 25th Annual City of Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade which begins at 3:30 p.m. The parade kicks off on Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road and heads north concluding at Alejo Road.
Immediately following the parade, the Palm Springs High School Spirit of the Sands Band will perform a post-parade patriotic concert on the corner of Palm Canyon and Amado Road. The concert concludes with a fireworks finale. This year’s theme is “Honoring All Who Served.”
In addition, the City of Palm Springs is once again proud to announce it has been designated by the Veterans Day National Committee of the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day. Palm Springs is one of 60 events nationwide to receive this important designation.
Highlights of this year’s parade include a special performance of the musical piece “Here’s to the Heroes” sung by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal Singers. This will be sung at the Opening Ceremony on the stage at Amado Road and Palm Canyon Drive at 3:30 p.m; featured in this year’s parade is Corporal Dorothee Irwin, a WWII Veteran, riding with her son, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Irwin, a Palm Springs High School graduate and former teacher at Palm Springs High School. Dorothee will turn 100 years old on Nov. 27.
Veterans from the Korean War era and Vietnam War era are invited to march and participate with the Korean and Vietnam Veteran parade entry. This entry marches at the end of the parade to remind everyone that no American veteran will ever be forgotten or abandoned again. Interested veterans wishing to participate in the entry are asked to show up the parade staging area located at the intersection of Ramon Road and Palm Canyon by 3:00 p.m. on Veterans Day.
The City of Palm Springs thanks its many sponsors who make this parade possible: PS Resorts, Agua Caliente Tribal Council, Palm Springs Disposal Services, Matich Corporation, Desert Care Network, Jessup Auto Plaza, Keenan & Associates, Dokken Engineering, Mrs. Donna MacMillan, Burrtec, Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, and Mr. Tom Martin.
Military dog tags draped over an American flag with a note that reads “Thank You”
Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR