The City of Hartford released details about its new Veterans Parade route on Tuesday.
It estimated closed to 3,000 participants to be involved in the parade on Sunday, Nov. 6.
The new, shorter route will focus on the area around Bushnell Park.
“The 17th annual Connecticut Veterans Parade will begin at the intersection of Buckingham and Washington Streets near the State Capitol Building, and march north up Trinity Street as in past years, but now will turn right onto Jewell Street, then right onto Wells Street, passing through Pulaski Circle and past Elm Street, then finally turning right onto Hudson Street where it will end at Capital Avenue," said Kristin Beth Ferris, the parade's coordinator. "The reviewing stand will be located at the intersection of Elm Street and Pulaski Circle, near the Pump House Gallery in the park’s southeast corner.”
Ferris explained that many of the parade's longtime participants, including those who fought in World War II and the Korean War, said the route had been too long for walking on a cold fall day.
"This scenic new route is approximately one half mile shorter than years past and offers the opportunity for marchers to walk a short block to back to Bushnell Park and enjoy the rest of the parade," she said.
Organizers called the event the largest veterans parade in New England.
At 11:30 a.m., an hour before the parade begins, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch in Bushnell Park.
The park's carousel will also be open all day for $1 a ride.
A moment of silence is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
The parade itself kicks off at 12:30 p.m.
More information about the parade can be found on its website here.
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