About 60 World War II veterans, lined up in 15 rows of four, will lead the annual Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade down Atlantic Avenue on Saturday.
"We have had the pleasure of hosting uniformed personnel from all over the country and around the world each year," said retired Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. John Fischer, the parade's organizer. "But this year is extra special with so many true American heroes from the Greatest Generation leading the way. We hope to have our biggest crowd ever to properly honor these heroes."
Festivities in the city's downtown will begin Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The parade will start promptly at 2 p.m. Saturday and last for about two hours.
Atlantic Avenue will be shut down from West Fifth Avenue to State Road A1A for the parade, beginning around noon. Organizers suggest spectators set themselves up for viewing the parade between Swinton and West Fifth avenues on Atlantic Avenue.
An estimated 50,000 people attended last year's parade, Fischer said. And he expects even more this year. "It's all about community unity," he said.
Parade organizer Code 3 Events has partnered with Southeast Florida Honor Flight for this year's event. Southeast Florida Honor Flight, a part of the Honor Flight Network, was formed in 2008 to fly World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the nation's memorials and monuments. – Sun Sentinel
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