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Veteran’s day parade is Thursday night

Picayune Memorial High School’s NJROTC, in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Military Antique Club, again will hold a Veteran’s Day parade Thursday evening.

NJROTC Chief Mark Thorman said the parade will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday  and will feature not only local veterans, but a number of antique World War I and World War II vehicles.

Anyone interested in riding in the parade can do so in whatever they feel like riding on or in, Thorman said.

“They can ride bicycles, they can ride a goat, I don’t care,” Thorman said.

Interested participants should line up at the corner of Norwood and Goodyear Boulevard beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to get ready for the parade, which will start promptly at 6 p.m., Thorman said. The public is invited to line up along the route and help honor the men and women who have served in the various branches of the military, both in war and in peace, to protect the nation.

The parade’s route starts at the corner of Norwood and Goodyear Boulevard (by the school district’s vo-tech center), head east down the Boulevard towards U.S. Highway 11 before taking a right onto U.S. 11. From there, the parade will follow U.S. 11 for a short distance before turning right on to West Canal Street. Thorman said the parade will then follow Canal Street up to the intersection of Kirkwood and Goodyear Boulevard where it will end near Highland Community Hospital.

Veterans and other parade participants are expected to throw candy and military related trinkets to the audience. Veterans will ride on six to 10 antique military vehicles from the two world wars, Thorman said.

“The purpose of the parade is to honor all our veterans and we would really appreciate it if people would show up to honor them,” Thorman said.