ABOUT THE PARADE

Our Mission

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to honoring those who died during service and supporting veterans, active military and their families.   Founded in 1927, we are a non-partisan, non-political organization that strives to remind and educate young people and others of American history and the selfless contributions of veterans to that history by organizing an annual Memorial Day Parade.  We also sponsor a student essay and art contest based on the theme of our Memorial Day Parade, inviting students to reflect on our past, present and future as a free and democratic country.

The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade is a quintessentially American home town tradition, organized by ordinary folk from many walks of life: local business-people; working or stay-home moms and dads; retirees and the young.

Rain or shine every Memorial Day since 1927 -- when American Legion Post #103 marched to remember their fallen comrades 10 years after they went off to, "the War to end all wars" -- we follow in their footsteps, remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who survived them. 

Some of us work hundreds of hours over many months. Others just show up that morning, for one of the many tasks that go into hosting the largest continuously-held Memorial Day parade in the nation.

 

The Parade Committee and American Legion Post #103 invite you to join us. Plan to register and march in the annual Little Neck Douglaston-Memorial Day Parade.  Registered participants line-up at 1 p.m. along Northern Boulevard, at one of the assigned assembly locations shown on our maps.

As always, the parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Memorial Day -- rain or shine!

As part of the parade experience, free refreshments, including our traditional hot dogs; White Castle® sliders; and more treats from local merchants (limited availability) will be served, commencing when the first marchers arrive at the Divine Wisdom Catholic Academy schoolyard.

A brief Closing / Awards Ceremony begins shortly after the march is complete.

If your group would like to participate, click Apply to March here or on the menu bar above.

The directors and volunteers have been working since last June -- we hope to see you there.

 

INTERACTIVE PARADE MAP

The map shows assembly areas and notable parade locations.

Hold down the CTRL key and scroll down/up to zoom in or out.

Left click and hold to drag the map

The icon  in the upper left hand corner opens a menu of locations.

Open a menu of parade places