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In 2006, over 500 enthusiastic scouts participated in the annual Colorado Springs Veterans’ Day Parade. This was a great thing! However, as the number of veterans and scouts participating has grown, the parade has become too long. We are limited by the city to a one-hour event. Therefore, each year we must limit the number of scouts we can allow to march, but we need your support in many other areas. All scouts who march or help will earn a specially designed commemorative patch.

Details for this year’s parade:  Saturday, November 6, at 10:00 AM, downtown Colorado Springs (Tejon Street from St. Vrain Street to Vermijo Avenue). This year’s theme is:   Veteran, Diverse and Determined.

Four ways scouts can support our local veterans and the Parade:

1. Things you can do now:

  • Invite your family members and neighbors that are military veterans to ride in the parade
    • Tri-fold brochures providing details on how to do this can be mailed out directly from the Parade office to the veteran—just call their name and address into the office at 282-3862 (or e-mail Parade4VA@gmail.com)
      • Veterans are in no way obligated to participate just because they request an informational brochure
    • Hold a small fundraiser (bake sale, car wash) in support of the Parade; it costs approximately $35,000 to host the Parade—all of which is covered by donations!
    • Read a book about our courageous veterans (some suggestions are on the booklist put together by the Pikes Peak Library District on our web site)
    • Help us have a record crowd at the Parade to cheer for our local veterans by hanging up promotional posters
      • These will be available about a month prior to the Parade and can be mailed to you

2. Help on Parade Day (We Need You!)

  • Older scouts are needed to help with the following important tasks (please sign up in advance so we know we have enough help coming):
    • Pass out small American flags or programs to the crowd prior to the parade
    • Help decorate the reviewing stand area at the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street before the parade (and remove the decorations after the parade)
    • Help clean up litter from the parade route after the parade
    • Help remove “hoods” from the downtown parking meters after the parade
  • Younger scouts are needed to:
    • Make hand-made thank you notes to pass out to veterans
      • These cards would need to be passed out to veterans in the staging/line-up area 15-20 minutes prior to the start of the parade
      • The parade staging area is on Tejon Street between Cache la Poudre Street and Boulder Street, and the side streets one block east & west
      • Cards could also be passed out in front of the Acacia Park Apartments, located on the northeast corner of Platte Avenue and Tejon Street. This is where many veterans congregate to ride in the Parade
    • Many veterans have told us that receiving these thank you notes from the children is a highlight of the parade!  We can never have too many!
    • You do not need to sign up in advance.

3. Build a float that pays tribute to veterans & ride on it in the parade:

  • Ten scout troops will be permitted to enter a float in the parade (first-come, first-serve)
  • Flatbeds can sometimes be borrowed from local moving companies
  • Floats need to be simple enough that they can be assembled the morning of the parade in the staging area (line up area) unless other arrangements are made with flatbed owner
  • Floats must be “veteran focused” not “scout focused”.  For example, past groups have done floats called “Tribute to Pearl Harbor” and “Remembering Iwo Jima”.

4. Learn about an assigned veterans’ group and march with them in the parade:

  • Ten Boy Scout and ten Girl Scout groups will be permitted to march in the parade.
    • Sign up will begin Monday, August 30, and run through Friday, September 17
      • If we have more groups than we can accommodate, we will hold a drawing on Monday, September 20 to select participants
      • All groups will be notified either way
      • E-mail: Shannon Plechas to sign up during the registration window above.
    • Scout groups may combine with another group to make a single entry; however, that entry can have no more than 25 scouts in it & must have a single point of contact
    • Scouts signing up to march MUST be able to keep up with the brisk pace of the parade (adult marching pace)
    • Scout groups must present a unified appearance (i.e., uniforms, matching vests)
    • Marching scout groups will be matched with a Veterans’ organization to march behind (or in rare cases, in front of, for instance, if they are carrying a banner for the organization)
  • Marching scout troops must contact their assigned veteran’s organization at least 3 weeks before the parade to find out their mission & see if they’d like any assistance by the troop with their entry (i.e., carrying a banner)

How to get your participation/commemorative patches (Optional):

  • Scout patches need to be pre-ordered and pre-paid
  • They can be picked up behind the Law Office of Cornish & Dell’Olio (431 N. Cascade Avenue) which is just west of the intersection of Tejon Street and St. Vrain Street (the start of the Parade)
  • Patches cost $1 each.  This just covers our production costs.
    • Checks should be made payable to “Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade”
    • Mail payment to:  Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade, 431 N. Cascade Avenue, Suite 1, C/S 80903

Need more information?

  • Primary contact: Shannon Plechas, Parade Scout Coordinator. E-mail
  • Alternate contact:  Eileen Howe, Parade Executive Assistant; 282-3862 (Parade office number), e-mail: Parade4VA@gmail.com